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Psychiatrists must assess risk of violence

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 22 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:224
  1. T Groves

    Before discharging inpatients, psychiatrists must carefully assess the risk that those patients might harm themselves or others, says the British health secretary, Virginia Bottomley. Psychiatrists should also ensure that adequate community care has been set up with named key workers.

    Mrs Bottomley's latest announcement contains nothing new but draws together all the community care guidelines and policy changes initiated by the government since the reforms began in 1991. The two most recent - a proposed new legal power to supervise some …

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