Mental health services for children and adolescents

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7329.114 (Published 12 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:114

Raised profile of child health services is welcome

  1. Caroline Lindsey, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist (clindsey@tavi-port.org)
  1. Child and Family Department, Tavistock Clinic, London NW3 5BA
  2. Handon Cottage, Loxhill, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4BD

    EDITOR—The announcement of Professor Aynsley-Green's appointment as national director for children's healthcare services, follows on the important government decision to establish a national service framework for children's services, announced last year.1 It is around 18 months since the BMJ published an article by Aynsley-Green et al pointing to the neglect of children at a policy level.2

    This neglect applies in a great measure to the mental health services for children and adolescents. These services—despite recent much heralded ringfenced modernisation monies, now discontinued after only two years—have long waiting lists for outpatient …

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