Patients might be encouraged to become more ill in community psychiatry

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7059.756a (Published 21 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:756
  1. T Webb, Consultant in general adult psychiatry
  1. Mental Health Services, West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 2QZ

    EDITOR,—The various examples that have been given of the ways in which accountancy systems in the NHS work against the better interests of patients' care have, I fear, only scratched the surface of the problem. In community psychiatry the current system for measuring our efficiency index acts as an incentive to encourage patients to become more seriously ill.

    As the …

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