Jeff Smith

Standing up for south Manchester

Jeff criticises "postcode lottery" for emergency mental healthcare


Responding to news reports that 372 mental health patients were sent out-of-area in 2016/17, Jeff said:

"This postcode lottery for mental health care is unacceptable. In Manchester alone, 372 adults were sent out-of area for emergency treatment in 2016/17, isolating them from their family and ultimately making their recovery harder.

This is a direct result of mental health budgets being used to plug black holes elsewhere in our NHS.

We’ve heard a lot of warm words on mental health from Theresa May, but it’s time we saw improvements on the ground to match."

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