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CARE IN THE COMMUNITY WILL STAY SAYS DOBSON

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The government has denied that it was considering scrapping care in the community, reports The Independent (p8). ...
The government has denied that it was considering scrapping care in the community, reports The Independent (p8).

A report in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday made the claim, but this was denied by health secretary Frank Dobson.

Mr Dobson said he believed a substantial number already subject to care in the community may instead need 24-hour supervision provided by the state, as they were not getting it in the community, leading to some high-profile cases of patients causing problems. This did not mean the majority successfully looked after in the community would be subject to changes, explained Mr Dobson.

The Scottish Office (reported Scotland on Sunday, p2) said hospital closures north of the border had not been as extensive as those in England, and therefore the number of patients with mental problems causing problems in the community wasn't as great.
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