Letters Closure of psychiatric beds

Shift resources and focus from psychiatric beds to the community

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8117 (Published 04 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:d8117
  1. Shanaya Rathod, clinical service director1,
  2. David Kingdon, professor of mental health care delivery2,
  3. Bina Nausheen, mental health research officer2
  1. 1Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Melbury Lodge, Winchester SO22 5DG, UK
  2. 2Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, College Keep, Southampton SO14 3DT, UK
  1. shanayarathod{at}nhs.net

Tyrer’s case for a moratorium on or even an increase in the number of psychiatric beds seems to be primarily based on the current poor care in units, lack of continuity, and increased risks to service users.1 However, as Johnson says,2 the evidence that risk …

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