Sharp rise in acute medical beds occupied by children with mental health issues

Doctors in parts of England ‘babysitting’ for children who have been displaced due to violent or self-harming behaviour

A third of all children’s acute hospital beds in parts of England are being occupied by vulnerable children who do not need acute medical care but have nowhere else to go, safeguarding experts have warned.

, Sharp rise in acute medical beds occupied by children with mental health issues, The Nzuchi Times Guardian

Doctors say they feel like very expensive “babysitters” for vulnerable children, many of whom are in care but whose placements have broken down because of their violent and self-harming behaviour. Others have severe neurodevelopmental or eating disorders and need specialist treatment not available on ordinary children’s wards, where they get “stuck”, sometimes for months at a time.

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