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"A friend of mine was in hospital for five months, because they couldn't find anywhere she could be. She had no money to pay for [care] herself."
"I used to work on a medical intervention ward, which was mainly elderly people who’ve had falls and were waiting to go for rehab or get some social care support. And they, essentially, were bed blocking. Because there weren’t the facilities available."
"My daughter had some mental health problems a year ago. And it's very, very difficult to access mental health care in any meaningful way whatsoever. She was actually quite acute at that point and got nothing from the health service."
"The most important thing is about everyone having equal access. There's too much variation in access to mental health services, to specialist services. It shouldn't matter where you live, or what your postcode is."