Letters Closure of psychiatric beds

Listen to patients and clinicians before cutting more psychiatric beds

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8123 (Published 04 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:d8123
  1. Liz Tate, specialty registrar in forensic psychiatry1
  1. 1Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK
  1. liztate{at}doctors.org.uk

In reality, many areas do not have enough psychiatric beds for all patients who need them and the experience of patients who do require admission to hospital is poorer than ever.1 2 Overcrowded hospitals are the norm: I once worked in a hospital where what was effectively a cupboard was once pressed into service as a …

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