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Money to modernise adult mental health services is insufficient

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 02 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:922
  1. Paul Lelliott, director
  1. Royal College of Psychiatrists' Research Unit, London SW1X 7EE

    EDITOR—The government has great ambitions for adult mental health services and has raised the public's expectations that community care will be reformed. Unfortunately, the new funding available to most health authorities for that purpose does not match the rhetoric or compensate for the disinvestment in mental health services that occurred as the large psychiatric hospitals were closed.1

    With the publication of the new mental health strategy the secretary of state announced £700m of new money for mental health services from the modernisation fund. It was stated that …

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