Future of inpatient adolescent psychiatric units. NHS reforms address existing deficiencies

Hollis, C.

Bmj 309(6966): 1438

1994


ISSN/ISBN: 0959-8138
PMID: 7819864
Accession: 043172134

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Abstract
The growth in private inpatient provision is simply evidence that an appreciable proportion of NHS units are still failing to adapt their service to meet the needs of those who refer severely mentally ill adolescents. The service sector has many disadvantages, including high costs, limited community and outreach services, and minimal opportunities for training and research. It is therefore in the interests of patients, purchasers, and the specialty of adolescent psychiatry for high quality inpatient services to develop within the NHS. Child and adolescent psychiatrists must act collectively within regions to lobby purchasers and providers to support and develop adolescent inpatient services that meet their needs.

Future of inpatient adolescent psychiatric units. NHS reforms address existing deficiencies