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London is more likely to detain people with mental problems

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7425.1184-b (Published 20 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1184
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    People with mental health problems in London are being admitted to hospital unnecessarily, because haphazard and uncoordinated community services are unable to cope, says an independent health service watchdog.

    The growth in community mental health services, which help people stay out of hospital, has been too slow in the capital, a new report released this week by the King's Fund, an independent health research body, says.

    Inadequate community services—together with high case-loads and a shortage of some types of service, such …

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