Thousands treated away from home region in practice seen as expensive and potentially harmful to vulnerable people

Mental health trusts are being forced as part of an NHS England crackdown to reveal how many patients they are sending elsewhere for treatment because they have too few beds.

Health service bosses want to compel the 54 NHS mental health trusts in England to start publishing details every month on the number of adults they have to arrange inpatient care for outside their own area.

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".