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Improvements in mental health care called for

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7005.586 (Published 02 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:586
  1. TRISH GROVES
  1. BMJ

    The British health minister, Mr Gerald Malone, has written to NHS trusts and health authorities and given them three months to bring their services for seriously mentally ill people up to scratch. His letter was prompted by two reports that showed that the care programme approach--the cornerstone of the government's policy on mental health--is not being followed fully.

    A report from the Clinical Standards Advisory Group says that the quality of care for people with schizophrenia was unsatisfactory or poor in well over half of the districts that it surveyed last year. The group trained several multidisciplinary teams and sent them to inspect and assess purchasers and providers of mental health care in 11 NHS districts and health boards.

    Despite finding many examples of good practice the group …

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