In November 1987, I wrote to the ‘Planning Officer (Mental Health)’ of the 192 English Health Authorities requesting a copy of the section of their 1984 Strategic Plan dealing with mental health and any recent update. A checklist of information to be analysed was drawn up on the basis of an initial reading of the plans. This contained a substantial proportion of the elements for a comprehensive service listed by Hirsch (1988) and by MIND (1983). Replies were received from 137 (71%) of the health authorities. Of these, 127 (67%) sent planning documents, ten wrote saying that their plans were under review and therefore unavailable, or “meaningless”. Strategies were sent dated 1983 (2), 1984/5 (63), 1986 (11) and 1987/8 (45). Planning reports and Short Term Programmes were also sent which meant that four (3%) provided information updated to 1988, 74 (58%) to 1987, 16 (13%) to 1986, 17 (13%) to 1985, 15 (12%) to 1984, with one giving details relating to 1983 only.
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