Virginia Bottomley, the Health Secretary, suggested changes in the law to stop people 'falling through the net'. What is needed is a finer mesh net, and this will only come with adequate resources providing more and better services, and, above all, an understanding that people need specialised help and treatment along with social support. It must also be accepted that people can and should live in the community even though they are not 'cured'.
Jacqueline M Atkinson
University of GlasgowReuse content