NHS watchdog expresses concern over wellbeing of thousands of patients and cost to NHS of ‘out of area’ care

Thousands of people with serious mental health problems are being locked up in treatment units far away from their homes, and left isolated and less likely to recover, the NHS’s care watchdog has warned.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is concerned that such patients’ chances of making a full recovery are being hit because they are denied regular contact with relatives and friends.

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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".