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Four hour waiting time for acute psychiatric care urged

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i773 (Published 09 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i773
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

A new waiting time target for admission to acute psychiatric care of four hours should be introduced, a commission convened by the Royal College of Psychiatrists has said.1

The commission warned that access to acute care for severely ill adult mental health patients was “inadequate nationally and, in some cases, potentially dangerous.” There were major problems both in admissions to psychiatric wards and in providing alternative care and treatment in the community, it added.

The commission asked for a new waiting time pledge to be included in the NHS Constitution from October 2017. It wants a maximum four hour wait for admission to an acute psychiatric ward or …

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