Most children with mental health issues treated outside home area
May 12, 2017 2 comments
Nearly 70 per cent of children with mental health problems only receive treatment outside their home regions new figures reveal.
The percentage has increased sharply in just 12 months, from 57 to 69 per cent according to the NHS statistics, which were released following a freedom of information request by the British Medical Association (BMA).
The jump in the number of children being treated for mental health issues a significant distance from their homes was a cause for alarm said Dr Gary Wannan of the BMA.
“It can be an incredible wrench for children to leave their homes and being based far away is not going to help a young person in crisis.”
He called on the NHS to do more to ensure that the limited funding avaiable gets through to local services “so they can make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.”
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May 12, 2017
Categories: Family Life