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Adolescent units–wither on the vine? A meeting with the Under-secretary for State

  • Peter Wells (a1)
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Concern is growing over the decline of services for disturbed young people, expressed in the correspondence columns of the British Medical Journal, in professional journals (Vanstraelen & Cottrell, 1994; Saunders, 1993), and in literature from the Royal College of Psychiatrists (Pearce, 1994) among others. There has been a gradual loss of beds in adolescent psychiatric units, amounting in one survey of 60 units to nearly 20%. At least seven units have closed all their beds, and others are threatened with closure.

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Pearce, J. (1994) Editorial comment. Child and Adolescent Section Newsletter, Royal College of Psychiatrists. Page 1.
Saunders, T. (1993) Adolescent units: can they survive? Young Minds Newsletter, 16, 1819.
Vanstraelen, M. & Cottrell, D. (1994) Child and adolescent mental health services: purchasers' knowledge and plans. British Medical Journal, 309, 259261.
Wells, P. (1994) Treatment in the community? A very real dilemma. Young Minds Newsletter, 17, 19.
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Adolescent units–wither on the vine? A meeting with the Under-secretary for State

  • Peter Wells (a1)
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