Research Article

Hunting the gowk?--Psychiatric community care in Scotland.

BMJ 1993; 306 doi: (Published 13 March 1993) Cite this as: BMJ 1993;306:710
  1. I Pullen
  1. Royal Edinburgh Hospital.


    The implementation of the community care changes throughout the United Kingdom from 1 April will mark the culmination of a series of major health and social care reforms. The avowed aims of achieving value for money and improved consumer choice through the introduction of competitive internal markets have yet to be tested. The political complexion of Scotland means that any proposed change to the NHS has tended to be greeted with a mixture of suspicion and resistance. As a result very few self governing trusts and fundholding general practices exist north of the border. And although Scotland has not had a wide reaching policy of moving psychiatric patients out of hospitals, community care for mentally ill people has advanced spontaneously.