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Better commissioning is needed to deal with combined effects of physical and mental illnesses

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6140 (Published 26 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6140
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Making mental health services more efficient will improve the care of people with long term conditions and save the NHS money, a conference has heard.

Hugh Griffiths, the acting national clinical director for mental health, said that better commissioning was “absolutely crucial” and that more integration of services would help to support people with combined physical and mental healthcare needs.

At the conference on improving mental healthcare of people with long term conditions, run by the healthcare think tank the King’s Fund in London on 22 September, experts explored …

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