Group to vet any plans to close psychiatric hospitals in Britain

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 20 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:697
  1. Kamran Abbasi
  1. BMJ

Plans to close psychiatric hospitals are to be vetted to help ensure that adequate community mental health services are organised in advance, health minister Paul Boateng announced last week.

A new body, the Independent Reference Group, will provide ministers with advice on the appropriateness of such closures, as well as providing guidance on reducing the stigma of mental …

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