One case was sent from Soli­hull to Teesside

Birmingham Post - - FRONT PAGE - Jonathan Walker Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor

BIRM­ING­HAM men­tal health pa­tients who are sent hun­dreds of miles away for care are be­ing failed by the sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to doc- tors. In one case a pa­tient was sent from Birm­ing­ham and Soli­hull Men­tal Health NHS Foun­da­tion Trust to Dar­ling­ton, on Teesside.

Oth­ers Mid­land pa­tients have been sent to York­shire, South Wales and Portsmouth.

The Bri­tish Med­i­cal As­so­cia- tion (BMA) has now called for an end to the ‘care and re­cov­ery’ treat­ments that see peo­ple stranded many miles away from friends and fam­ily who could ac­tu­ally help their loved ones.

Dr Molo­dyn­ski, the BMA’s men­tal health pol­icy chief, said the NHS was fail­ing peo­ple, adding: “The prac­tice of send­ing pa­tients with se­vere men­tal health prob­lems to beds hun­dreds of miles away from their home and fam­i­lies has be­come en­demic in the NHS.”

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