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People with chronic mental illness will be worse off under new NHS, doctors say

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 26 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:877
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. London

    Doctors fear that practice based commissioning and foundation trust plans could alter mental health services in England so much that people with chronic mental ill health could suffer.

    At a conference organised by the NHS Confederation in London last week they urged the government to remember that a balance of services between inpatient and community mental health services was necessary in its plans for reform of mental health services.

    Jed Boardman, a consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, said, “Policy has correctly identified the priorities for people with chronic mental illness. I wouldn't like to see [a situation] whereby we fight amongst ourselves about whether we should give the money to people with common mental disorders or people with long …

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