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Letters Private mental healthcare

Private sector dementia care relies on NHS

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 02 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6141
  1. Patrick S G Chance, consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1Aneurin Bevan Health Board (NHS), Pontypool, UK
  1. patrick.chance{at}

Murphy and Sugarman highlight that almost all long term care for dementia is provided in the private sector, but this not a good example of successful private mental healthcare.1

Many nursing and residential homes are understaffed, and workers are …

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