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NHS pays private mental health care providers millions a year.

In 2018-19, the NHS paid £100m to private mental health care providers.

In 2018-19, the NHS paid £100m to private mental health care providers. In 2018-2019, the NHS paid £100m to private mental health care providers: a rise of almost 30 percent in a year. Over 1,300 of these patients were sent more than 200 miles from home, meaning that they were separated from their friends and family, effectively cutting them off from the vital support, possibly delaying or reducing their recovery chances. "In 2018/19, £99,683,000 was spent on out-of-area placements provided by private companies, up from £77,324,720 in 2017/18," reported the Guardian.

The Priory Group received more than £45m; Cygnet Healthcare received more than £31m, and other providers, including Andrew’s Healthcare, Elysium Healthcare, and the Huntercombe Group, each received more than £4m.

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