A perceived crisis in the availability of mental health beds is actually caused by delayed patient discharges, according to an inquiry chaired by Lord Crisp.
An interim report by the Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care has identified significant factors that could lie behind a shortage of beds in mental health services.
“It is a discharge crisis and an alternative to admissions crisis”
The shortage has been blamed for the increase in patients forced to travel hundreds of miles for a bed.
The report, commissioned by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, identified concerns around variations in standards, poor data, lack of support for staff and fractured commissioning systems.
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