A London trust - Barnet, Enfield and Haringey - has been reprimanded by the regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), for using seclusion units as bedrooms. It also started to move patients out of beds and into bed-and-breakfast accommodation. The figures show that 132 people were sent to B&Bs last year. The trust said the patients were fit to be discharged from hospital but had accommodation problems - however, it admitted it was not ideal for patients.Full details are here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27285555 - The Barnet Eye believes this is a scandalous failure of vulnerable people putting not only the patients, but the rest of the public in Barnet at risk. It shows that cuts have gone to far and that health is not taken seriously in Barnet.
A spokesman for mind said
Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: "It is a disgrace that people with mental health problems are being sent miles away from family and friends or being accommodated in inappropriate settings when they are acutely unwell. "This is the latest in a long line of clear signals that, at least in some parts of the country, NHS mental health services are in crisis. Continued cuts to funding for mental health services are taking a significant toll on the quality and availability of services."