Research Article

Who pays for community care? The same old question.

BMJ 1993; 307 doi: (Published 16 October 1993) Cite this as: BMJ 1993;307:991
  1. P Lelliott,
  2. A Sims,
  3. J Wing
  1. Royal College of Psychiatrists, London.


    Trends in mental health service funding over the past 40 years show that the programme of hospital closures has not resulted in a significant release of resources to fund community based services. Far from being excessive, the current provision of residential services (both NHS and non-NHS) for mentally ill people is now below levels recommended as sufficient by the government, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the National Schizophrenia Fellowship. What clinical research evidence there is suggests that more rather than fewer residential places are required. This situation is likely to be compounded by the recent transfer of responsibility for funding private and voluntary residential care from the Department of Social Security to local authority social services departments.