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A Critique of the Report of the Committee of Inquiry, Warlingham Park Hospital

  • Brian Glaister (a1)
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The Committee's terms of reference were ‘To inquire into the deaths by suicide of patients at Warlingham Park Hospital during 1974 and 1975 and to prepare a Report to the Area Health Authority on these and the wider significance in relation to psychiatric care facilities in Croydon.’ The 143-page Report (Committee of Inquiry, Warlingham Park Hospital 1976) is now being read by the local public who demanded the inquiry and by psychiatric hospital managers who expect to find causes and cures for suicides in their own hospitals. Unfortunately, the Report fails to reveal that the suicides were of doubtful significance; that the suggested causes are of even more doubtful validity; and that there was a period of abnormally low rate immediately prior to the period in question, the causes of which the Committee failed to investigate.

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BJPsych Bulletin
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A Critique of the Report of the Committee of Inquiry, Warlingham Park Hospital

  • Brian Glaister (a1)
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