'Crisis' in mental health care for young
Several young people suffering mental health problems in Devon have been sent to adult psychiatric units and residential care in the north of England.
Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter, who has voiced public concerns of mental health professionals in the region, says the situation is "unacceptable" in a letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Mr Bradshaw, a former health minister, said: "Problems seem to have come together to cause what one senior local mental health provider described to me as a 'crisis' in care for vulnerable young people."
Rising demand, a shortage of in-patient places and massive reform of NHS commissioning is to blame, the MP claims, notably out-of-hours services.
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NHS bosses admit "on occasion" young people have been admitted to adult mental facilities.
A spokesman for NHS England and Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group said: "This is something that providers and commissioners in Devon are working with clinicians to address."