We need a moratorium on further reductions in psychiatric beds till we debate an action planBMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8167 (Published 04 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:d8167
- J S Bamrah, consultant psychiatrist/honorary senior lecturer1
- 1Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, Park House, North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester M8 5RB, UK
In the debate about whether the closure of psychiatric beds has gone too far Johnson is right and Tyrer is wrong—if only life were that simple.1 2 Although clinical imperatives were behind reducing psychiatric beds, all rational arguments in planning inpatient care are now lost. The BMA launched a national campaign in 2006 in response to concerns from many members; it featured on Radio 4 and ITV …
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