Out-of-Area Treatment for People with Mental Illness: Is it Humane?
Posted: Friday, June 9th, 2017
Figures released by the UK’s National Health Service in May revealed that almost seven out of ten young people with a serious mental health condition are currently being treated outside their own area. An investigation by the doctor’s organisation, the British Medical Association showed that 69% of young people were being treated out-of-area.
In some cases young people are treated hundreds of miles away from their home and from their supportive network of friends and family. This puts an enormous burden on families who have to travel long distances to visit their loved-one and will also inevitably reduce the numbers of visits that the patient is able to receive.
In cases of schizophrenia, support from family and friends is an absolutely essential component of a successful recovery. (See our Information Sheet on Recovery Strategies for more about this aspect Link here)
Living with Schizophrenia believes that this policy is counterproductive and inhumane and would not be acceptable in any other branch of health care. People living with schizophrenia have a right to the same standard of treatment that people with other long term conditions, mental or physical, can expect. This policy of out-of-area treatment for people with serious mental illness is bad for patients, bad for their families and friends and will inevitably put greater strain on already scarce resources in the Health Service.<< Back to blog