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Is there a crisis in inpatient mental health care?

Rooks, J. & Mutsatsa, S. (2013). Is there a crisis in inpatient mental health care?. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 2(3), pp. 134-138. doi: 10.12968/bjmh.2013.2.3.134


The standards of care in the NHS are the subject of debate. Frequently, members of the public have complained about poor staff attitudes towards patients and visitors alike and this has generated discussion as to the best way forward for the nursing profession. In mental health, poor standards have been reported on numerous occasions and the first author had firsthand experience of casual nursing attitudes when she visited a friend in an acute inpatient mental health ward. This article uses her anecdotal account to highlight poor standards in mental health. The paper then examines possible antecedents to this vexed issue before suggesting a way forward.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences
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