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Community mental health teams in London are being increasingly stretched

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7089.1276 (Published 26 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1276
  1. Ben Hannigan, Community mental health nursea,
  2. Richard Laugharne, Senior registrar in psychiatryb,
  3. Anna Stafford, Care programme approach coordinatorc
  1. a Bow and Poplar Community Mental Health Team, St Paul's Way Medical Centre, London E3 4AJ
  2. b St George's Medical School, London SW17 0RE
  3. c Royal London Hospital (St Clement's), London E3 4LL

    Editor—Max Marshall's editorial on the report London's Mental Health correctly identifies the unique set of socioeconomic problems facing the capital, and its correspondingly high levels of mental illness.1 2 He rightly draws attention to the crisis and threatened collapse of the city's mental health services, which are faced with rising bed occupancy, increasing violence, and the haemorrhage of funds through extracontractual referrals and the provision of hotel services.

    Marshall writes that the …

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