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Mental health services need more talking therapy and care after hours

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:722
  1. Toby Reynolds
  1. London

    England's community mental health services should widen patients' access to talking therapies and information and provide better out of hours care, the Healthcare Commission said after a national review.

    A survey conducted by the commission found that users were mostly satisfied with the service, with 77% rating their care as good, very good, or excellent and more than 80% saying that their psychiatrist and community psychiatric nurse had treated them with respect and dignity.

    But less than half said they had a telephone number of someone from their local mental health service who could be contacted out of hours.

    “The majority of people who suffer from mental illness receive their treatment in their …

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