Following the publication of correspondence between the then Minister for Health, Mr Kenneth Clarke, and the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Bulletin, March 1985, 9, 49–55), we are now publishing the concluding letters in this exchange of correspondence. (Mrs Joyce Major has been succeeded by Mr R. N. Lines as Chairman of the NSF.)
We use the expression ‘long-term patient’ to describe one who, whether in hospital or elsewhere, needs a great deal of supervision and/or nursing care. We use ‘long-stay patient’ for the smaller category in hospital or equivalent health service institution. The great majority of long-term who are not long-stay are at present cared for by relatives, if at all; a small fraction are in staffed homes provided by the voluntary sector, or are in local authority hostels.
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