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ENDING OUT OF AREA MENTAL HEALTH PLACEMENTS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 583: tabled on 26 October 2015

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 12 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes with concern that 2,119 mental health patients were receiving non-specialist care in hospitals outside of their local area at the end of July 2015, according to data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre; further notes that one in five of those people, 465, had been sent more than 50 kilometres away from their usual provider to receive care; acknowledges that the experience of being sent away from one's local area during an episode of mental ill health, away from family and friends, can cause unacceptable distress to patients; asserts that this practice would not be tolerated in the case of physical health and is further evidence of the systemic disadvantage faced by those suffering mental ill health; commends the Eastern Daily Press for highlighting the issue of out-of-area mental health placements as part of its Mental Health Watch campaign; and calls on the Government to set a target to end the practice of out-of-area mental health placements within 12 months and to set out a plan for achieving that target as a priority.