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The Nodder Report—A Scottish Psychiatrist Reacts *

  • Robert Davidson (a1)
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Among reports from committees and working parties, some are crisp and stimulating, while others, the majority unfortunately, are dull and sedative. The Nodder Report falls into the latter category which is a pity because some parts of it are worth reading. It is neither as good nor as useful as it should be because it fails to tackle the problem as fully and as vigorously as required. The working party have avoided difficult but essential problems such as the difficult patient, the patient concerned in criminal proceedings, the role of the consultant psychiatrist, the role of other doctors and the role of the nursing officer. They have grasped the tulips and tiptoed through the nettles.

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* In March 1977, the Secretary of State for Social Services set up a Working Group, multidisciplinary in composition and chaired latterly by Mr T. E. Nodder, Deputy Secretary in the department. Its terms of reference were: ‘To examine the main problems arising from recent mental hospital enquiry reports and in particular the organizational and management problems of mental illness hospitals and units, in relation both to the new National Health Service structure and to the development of District Services; to examine in relation to mental handicap services those problems and solutions common to mental illness and mental handicap; and to make recommendations.’

This article is based on a paper read to a Multidisciplinary Symposium organized by Greater Glasgow Health Board at Gartloch Hospital on 11 November 1980.

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