Letters Closure of psychiatric beds

We need a moratorium on further reductions in psychiatric beds till we debate an action plan

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8167 (Published 04 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:d8167
  1. J S Bamrah, consultant psychiatrist/honorary senior lecturer1
  1. 1Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, Park House, North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester M8 5RB, UK
  1. jsbamrah{at}aol.com

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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