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General practice should be central to community mental health services

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 22 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1377
  1. J P Kingsland, General practitionera,
  2. Robin Williams, Nurse cliniciana
  1. a Saint Hilary Brow Group Practice, Wallasey, Merseyside L44 2AG

    Editor—It is surprising that so many articles about community care are written by hospital based consultants. White et al describe the organisation of community mental health services and the multidisciplinary team required to provide this service.1 They also mention the work that a general practitioner should undertake, but they do not qualify their experience of, or communication with, general practice. They describe the care programme approach but do not mention the severe flaws in this process.2 3

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