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‘Gentlemen, we have no money therefore we must think’ – mental health services in hard times

  • Frank Holloway (a1)
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In common with all elements of public services, mental healthcare in England faces a troubling and uncertain future. Two things, however, are certain: demographic trends ensure that demand will rise and harsh economic realities dictate that resources will in real terms shrink. In order to cope with these challenges, commissioners and providers will have to review very critically all aspects of the mental health system, including those that are currently fashionable. There is a need to identify and promote activities that are evidence-based and effective and to jettison practices and services that lack an evidence base.

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Frank Holloway (frank.1.holloway@kcl.ac.uk)
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Attributed to Ernest Rutheford.

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