Essential reading for the healthcare business
Remember me:
Skip Navigation LinksHealthInvestor article
Manchester NHS trusts made over 600 mental health patient referrals to private clinics in two years

Due to a shortage of beds, mental health patients from Manchester have been transferred to private clinics, many of which are outside the city, over 670 times since 2013.

Figures obtained by the Manchester Evening News through freedom of information requests, show that Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust has placed patients with private providers 628 times since 2013.

Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust told the paper it had transferred patients to private clinics 29 times.

Meanwhile, figures show that Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust had placed patients in private clinics 14 times since 2013.

Patients have been transferred to locations like Darlington, Harrogate, London and Bristol for emergency treatments.

Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust’s bed occupancy was running at 99.8% last month, and it currently has a deficit of more than £1 million.

Since 2011, the trust has paid more than £7 million for beds at these private clinics, including the Priory Hospital Altrincham, an independent mental health hospital in Manchester.

Related articles:


Posted on: 10/04/2015

Latest news stories

On 20 November the Japanese government hosted a roundtable discussion highlighting opportunities for UK investors and businesses within Japan’s healthcare economy.
Troubled domiciliary care company Allied Healthcare is to sell its contracts with local authorities in the wake of a warning from the regulator that it is on the brink of financial collapse.
Inflexion Private Equity has completed a minority investment in Europe’s largest vaccination provider through its lower mid-market fund, Inflexion Enterprise Fund IV.
Health Education England has appointed Sir David Behan as chair – effective from 1 December.
NHS England has lifted the safety restrictions which limited the types of patients eligible to use GP at Hand services following a NHS clinical review.


HealthInvestor blog
The Care Quality Commission is finding its voice as a regulator, but is anyone listening?

Click here to view the HealthInvestor blog

An interest in people rather than machines led to Andrew Lennox dedicating his career to improving patient outcomes
The Care Quality Commission’s latest summary of the state of health and social care points to an unfair and fragmented system
Echo co-founder Stephen Bourke tells Jack Carter how his app is simplifying the repeat prescription process
With the care village market still very much in its infancy in the UK, perhaps two of the biggest questions facing every care village developer, investor and operator are how much can we sell our care village apartments for, and will they hold their value? Carterwood director Ben Hartley provides some answers
Vet sector consolidation means the risk of CMA intervention is increasing, say Andrew Taylor and Nick Warren, partners at Aldwych Partners

Click here to search all feature articles

Deal in the spotlight

Elysium Healthcare's acquisition of LCP takes the group portfolio to more than 60 homes in just two years
Read more

Christie + Co

my images


Vet sector consolidation means the risk of CMA intervention is increasing, say Andrew Taylor and Nick Warren, partners at Aldwych Partners
Read more