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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.

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Posted on: 10/04/2015

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