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Shortage of psychiatric beds exists in Staffordshire too

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7064.1083a (Published 26 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1083
  1. R E Hodgson, Consultant psychiatrist,
  2. A P Boardman, Senior lecturer in psychiatry
  1. Department of Psychiatry, Keele University School of Postgraduate Medicine, North Staffordshire Hospital, Stoke on Trent ST4 7QB

    EDITOR,—Doris Hollander and colleagues highlight the considerable overoccupancy of acute psychiatric beds in Greater London and suggest that similar studies be made in other parts of Britain.1 Our clinical experience in North Staffordshire suggested a similar problem. To assess the effect of changes in local services and, specifically, the effect of …

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