NHS spend £2.5m a week on out of area mental health patients

03 December 2019 – Telegraph

New figures reveal that in the last year, the NHS has spent over £128 million on patients who were sent miles away from their home due to a lack of local hospital beds.

The number of out of area placements due to bed shortages rose by 4% from last year, up to 8,400 across England.

Of these, 2,060 lasted between one and three months and 310 lasted over 91 nights.

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