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Personal health budgets scheme forces mental health centre closure


Well, well. Why should one put all eggs in one basket? Surely the independence of charity has been compromised by its funding. Patients have complained many times that day centres are a waste of time and money because they want more than to come to a place where they can have a cup of tea on their own. I once had a patient in a Day Hospital for mentally ill who attended for 18 years every day after he exposed himself once in public. He had a learning disability. Careful review of other patients showed many had wrong diagnosis and wrong treatment. So, one could argue that attendance there was eventually useful to some who after many years got some help. Eventually, Day Hospital closed. In fact, if all patients were cured/helped sufficiently to be more independent all hospitals would close as they would not need admissions. Patients do experience varied problems in attending Day Centres too. Some complain that staff are too religious and have problems with boundaries. It is shocking what one hears and how patients struggle to get out of the system that ruthlessly disregards them at times. At Doctors4Justice we get requests for information on secular treatment centres but we do not know of any in UK. Do you?

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11 Aug 2015

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