MPs call on health minister to halt closure of hospital for personality disorders

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:181
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    MPs have called on the UK government to prevent the closure of a leading centre for people with personality disorder in a debate last week that highlighted the problems of shifting funding for specialist services to primary care trusts.

    The Henderson Hospital, in Sutton, Surrey, is due to close in March because the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust said it could no longer afford to subsidise the hospital, which provides intensive residential group therapy for adults with personality disorder.

    Paul Burstow, MP for Sutton and Cheam, warned, “Unless the minister acts, the NHS is in danger of sleepwalking into the closure of this nationally and internationally renowned service.” Speaking during an adjournment debate in the House of Commons, he said that the hospital, …

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