One case was sent from Solihull to Teesside
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.”