Notes to editors
(1) Up to 10,000 people are currently placed in psychiatric hospitals and secure units outside their local area. This is expensive - the average cost of an out of area treatment (OAT) is £34,000 a year - and often inappropriate as patients are separated from their families, carers and other forms of support. Research suggests that in some areas, around 50 per cent of OATs are clinically unjustified.
(2) The Spending Review committed the NHS to delivering up to £20 billion in annual efficiency savings by 2014/15. The King's Fund has estimated that the NHS needs to find annual productivity improvements of £14 billion by 2013/14 to maintain quality and avoid significant cuts to services.
(3) Find out more about the Quality in a Cold Climate programme in our projects section.
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Mental health and the productivity challenge: Improving quality and value for money is published today by The King's Fund and Centre for Mental Health.
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