THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price rose on the floor of the House of Commons to answer a question on mental health.
Shadow DUP spokesperson, Jim Shannon
“To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that mental health patients can receive treatment closer to where they live.
Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health is committed to ensuring that patients with mental health conditions can receive treatment as close as possible to where they live. Inappropriate out of area placements are unacceptable and the Government has set a target to eliminate these in non-specialist, acute mental health care by 2020/21.
To support the delivery of this ambition, in October 2016 the Government put in place the first data collection to secure much-needed national transparency on the number of patients that are sent out of their local area for acute inpatient treatment.
NHS England is using this new data to support local health systems to develop and deliver trajectories to eliminate inappropriate out of area placements.
More than £400 million which has been made available for investment in mental health crisis resolution home treatment teams over the next four years, enabling them to provide 24/7 crisis response and intensive home treatment as a genuine alternative to admission where appropriate.
Shared learning and best-practice advice on reducing out of area placements through improved system capacity management will be included in acute care commissioning guidance.