Research Article

"Asset stripping" the declining mental hospital.

Br Med J 1980; 280 doi: (Published 12 January 1980) Cite this as: Br Med J 1980;280:89
  1. E Fottrell,
  2. T Spy,
  3. G Mearns,
  4. I MacLean,
  5. M Fogarty


    A psychogeriatric day hospital was developed from a long-stay back ward of a large mental hospital whose population of patients had decreased by half. Women in the 70-80 age group with varying degrees of dementia benefited most from such facilities. In view of the current cut-back in Government spending one of the greatest assets in providing a comprehensive service for the elderly mentally infirm may well be found in the declining mental hospital.