BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:134

Mental health services close to collapse: The Royal College of Psychiatrists has passed an emergency resolution calling for an end to bed closures and for more 24 hour nursing care centres where patients recovering from the acute phase of their illness can go, rather than being discharged into the community. At its annual conference in London last week, the college warned that mental health services for severely disturbed people are on the …

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