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Voluntary organisations already help set policy in Scotland

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 10 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1604
  1. Ian Pullen, consultant psychiatrist (
  1. Mental Health Reference Group, Borders Primary Care NHS Trust, Melrose TD6 9BD

    EDITOR—Crombie and Coid's thought provoking editorial on voluntary organisations asked whether such organisations should “be involved in planning and implementing policy.” 1 In Scotland they have been involved for at least the past four years in planning mental health services.

    In 1996 the Scottish Office set up the …

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