Shake up of mental healthcare provision could save around £0.5bn a year

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 02 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6905
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

A large shake up of the way mental health services are organised and provided could save hundreds of millions of pounds a year and improve the care of patients, policy experts say in a new report.

The report, published on 2 December, claims that earlier and more effective intervention when people become unwell could improve their care significantly and save the NHS money.

The joint report from the health policy think tank the King’s Fund and the Centre for Mental Health, which works to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems, found several ways to change mental health services that could contribute to …

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