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Child Psychiatric Units: At the Crossroads

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 23 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:786
  1. Alyson Hall

    Ed Rosemary Chesson, Douglas Chisholm Jessica Kingsley, pounds sterling16.95, pp 278 ISBN 1 85302 329 9

    Inpatient psychiatric units for children are under threat. Despite a 50% increase in psychiatric admissions of 10-14 year olds recorded by the Department of Health recently, the number of beds in the United Kingdom is falling and many units are offering only five day or day patient care. Although the absolute numbers of highly disturbed children remains relatively small, such children have a grossly disproportionate impact on outpatient mental health services and social services. Vast amounts of precious professional time can …

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