200-mile trip for treatment ‘unacceptable’ – Norman Lamb

Mental Health Minister Norman Lamb has slammed long journeys for treatment as 'totally unacceptable' in response to a question from local MP Lorely Burt.


Mrs Burt questioned the minister in the House of Commons following reports of Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust sending patients as far as Brighton and Carlisle due to a lack of local beds.

Mr Lamb agreed that long journeys were unacceptable and said the government is 'holding NHS organisations to account' to ensure they provide beds locally.

Mrs Burt said, "Imagine if someone you love was taken into care and you had to make a four-hour train journey to visit them in their time of need.

"Going into care is hard enough in any case. Tearing families apart at such a difficult time is plain wrong.

"Mental health workers put their heart and soul into their patients and I thank them for their amazing work. But mental health patients and their families in Solihull are in danger of being let down because of a lack of beds.

"I think local people deserve better and I urge residents to sign my petition for more beds for mental health patients in Solihull."

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