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Number of psychiatric beds needed

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 03 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1516
  1. John Wing,
  2. Paul Lelliott
  1. Emeritus professor of social psychiatry, Director, Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Unit, London SW1X 7EE.

    EDITOR,—The editorial by Graham Thornicroft and Geraldine Strathdee about the number of psychiatric beds that are needed has a misleading subtitle: “the debate shouldn't be swayed by moral and political considerations.”1 The authors' argument for a broad range of services is moral, because they rightly believe that “the community” should provide good quality care for severely disabled people. It is political because such care cannot be paid for by those in …

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