On 15 June 1976 the Chairman of the Mental Deficiency Section read a statement to Council, expressing that Section's serious concern about the grave situation facing services for the mentally handicapped and the future of the specialty (News and Notes, October 1976, p 1). Council set up a Special Committee under the Chairmanship of the President to investigate the situation and prepare comments and recommendations for its consideration. The result is this Memorandum which Council has approved. The members of the Special Committee were Drs V. Cowie, A. Fairburn, Professor P. Graham, Drs W. A. Heaton-Ward, L. Hersov, T. Lawlor, W. R. McKibben, Professor D. Pond, Dr D. Primrose, Professor G. Russell, Drs B. Scally and A. Shapiro.
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