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Figures obtained by the BBC show a growing number of young people with
mental health problems in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire
are being treated on adult wards ` OR in units outside the region.
Tonight the Government Minister for Care has told Look North that the
situation is "intolerable". Sarah Corker reports.
Back home in Hull, a safe and familiar place for mother and
daughter. But this teenager has suffered severe mental problems. For
four months, she was treated more than 100 miles away in Cheshire.
That distance difficult for the family to cope with. We've changed
their voices to protect their identity. It was absolutely
horrific. The biggest impact was on her mental health. She just needed
her mum. She was frightened, she was alone, she was in a strange place.
She didn't know what was real. Even looking out of the window, nothing
was familiar. She was on the phone crying to me every day. I saw her a
few hours a week, if that. It was really scary because all I wanted
was my mum. It delayed my recovery because I had no`one to talk to. I
was really alone. I wanted my family and friends, and there wasn't
anywhere to go. Since residential care was withdrawn from this unit
last year in Hessle, the closest beds for round`the`clock care have
been in Leeds and York. NHS England says that while every effort is made
to place patients as close to home as possible, there are times when
due to specific needs and the number of beds locally, patients are placed
further afield. In the past two years, nine children and teenagers
with mental health problems were sent out of the East Riding for
care. In the last year, that number's increased to 12. Some
travelling as far afield as Colchester, 194 miles away. And on
four occasions, teenagers aged between 16`18 were admitted to adult
wards. They should not be treated in adult wards. It's questionable
whether that's legal. Best practice demands that doesn't happen. It is
becoming even more scandalous. We need the west End unit or an
equivalent to reopen. The Department of Health says it's investing ?54
million to improve services. This is intolerable. I've met with Alan
Johnson and families involved, and I've made it clear we ought to
ensure children are cared for as close to home as is possible. I'm on
a mission to improve the standards of mental health care. A national
review is now under way into the number of beds available for young
people with severe mental illness. Sarah joins us now from Hessle.
Sarah, the Government says it is addressing the problem. What
improvements are being made? Yes, well, the health minister Norman
Lamb says he's determined to make sure mental health is always treated
as seriously as physical health. There is a three`month review,
so`called rapid review, underwear into this situation. There is a push
to treat more young people in the community at home rather than
hospitals. Parents are continuing to complain to get this residential
unit reopened. It was closed because it failed to meet national
guidelines. The NHS says it is providing better care elsewhere.
Sarah, thanks. A man who broke his back after
falling from faulty scaffolding, says the builder who employed him
should have been punished more severely. Robert Wilkin from Lincoln
fell from scaffolding at a warehouse last year. Rodney Foyster ` the man
who hired him ` received a four`month suspended prison sentence
earlier today. Last week Lincolnshire's Police and Crime
Commissioner Alan Hardwick told Look North that the fight against rural
crime remains one of his top priorities. But a farmer who's had
hundreds of pounds of diesel stolen says it's not worth reporting
similar crimes because the police don't follow them up. Crispin Rolfe
reports. Closing the gate on rural crime `
all too late for Simon Hawkes. Just a week after Lincolnshire's crime
commissioner made cracking down on farm theft a police priority, this
East Kirkby farmer has had fuel and two valuable tractors stolen. Now,
after being told police won't investigate the diesel theft
further, he's questioning whether it's worth reporting smaller crimes
in future. They're not going to achieve anything. There's no point
wasting time trying to do it. That is on small thefts and small crimes.
I think the big crimes, two tractors going missing, we would want the
police here as soon as possible. And here's why Simon's disillusioned. A
letter from Lincolnshire Police saying that: Though it does say
that: And that's the message the county's
police and crime commissioner, Alan Hardwick, is now trying to send,
with officers insisting they'd rather farmers over rather than
under`reported incidents, even if it that doesn't necessarily result in
immediate arrests. I would far rather send an officer
to a suspicious incident that turns out to be nothing thatn not send an
officer at all. With the case you mentioned earlier, somebody heard
tractors starting at two o'clock in the morning, but didn't contact the
police. Alan Hardwick met with farmers last week in order to
reassure them of his claims that rural crime is falling. Police admit
the county remains a hot spots, with ?1.8 million worth of goods stolen
each year. The most common items are quad bikes, tools and fuel. In an
age of CCTV, then, this seems to come down to a question of
communication, with the National Farmers Union encouraging farmers to
talk to the police more ` though officers acknowledge they still have
work to do to convince farmers that they're not wasting police time.
Time for the weather now with Keeley.
Hello there. Good evening. A bright and breezy day to come tomorrow. A
cooler day than of late as well. Tonight's going to be quite chilly,
too. It will be largely dry with clear spells, and temperatures will
drop low enough for a touch of ground frost, particularly out in
the sheltered countryside. A blustery day to come tomorrow. The
breeze will remain strong, but as you can see, there'll be plenty of
dry and bright weather about. There'll be some decent spells of
sunshine, a few showers, but many places staying dry. Temperatures
seven or eight. Saturday the best day of the weekend. Some rain to
come on Sunday. Both days will be windy.
the outlook. On Sunday, we have grey skies and a bit of drizzle, too.
Good evening. You may have had the latest from the Met Office about the
rainfall we have had this winter, the wettest winter on record. It is
sometimes difficult to visualise the numbers. Let me explain how much
rain we had. If you think about a stretch of land across the UK, we
had about half a metre of rainfall falling so far this winter. That is,