Mental health patients trapped on hospital wards due to red tape, says report

Red tape is leading to mental health patients being trapped unnecessarily on hospital wards for weeks at a time, a new study suggests.
And some new patients seeking help are being sent to treatment facilities hundreds of miles from their homes to get care as a result of this so-called bed blocking.
Many who have been on acute psychiatric wards for nine weeks or more could be receiving more appropriate care elsewhere, researchers said.
The comments come as experts examined an unprecedented situation where around half of the acute psychiatric beds in one English county closed suddenly in May... read more

5 October 2016 in Regional East, Views: 34
Source: Belper News

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