Health Services: Mental hospitals provision slashed
Saturday 29 November 1997
The average daily number of beds available to treat the mentally ill has dropped from 87,396 to the 1996-97 figure of 37,624. The figures were revealed in a written answer to Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP for Southwark and Bermondsey, from Paul Boateng, health minister with responsibility for mental health. The huge drop stems from the former government's policy of treating the mentally ill in the community, rather than in institutions.
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