Controversy over psychiatric tourism

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7019.1567 (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1567
  1. Alice M Parshall, Consultant psychiatrist
  1. Gordon Hospital, London SW1V 2HR

    A real phenomenon…

    EDITOR,--I run a community psychiatric service adjacent to that of Charles Tannock in the west end of London.1 It is particularly closely integrated with social services and fully observes the principles of care management and the care programme approach.

    I suspect that psychiatric tourism is well known. I have repeatedly presented audits showing that the phenomenon has an impact on our inpatient service. The data show that about half of the patients admitted are homeless (people staying in hostels are counted …

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