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Dutch crisis in care of learning difficulties

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 09 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:78
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    A national debate has been sparked in the Netherlands by the failure to find suitable care for a teenage psychiatric patient with learning difficulties, after a newspaper revealed that the girl had been kept in restraints in a psychiatric unit for five weeks.

    The 16year old, who has an IQ of between 70and 85,has been treated at the psychiatric department of …

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