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COUNCILS BLAMED FOR CARE IN THE COMMUNITY FAILURES

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Thousands of people with mental health problems are still not getting the care in the community they need, says the...
Thousands of people with mental health problems are still not getting the care in the community they need, says the charity MIND, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

MIND will deliver a petition to Downing Street today calling for people with mental health problems to be given legal rights to services in the community such as housing.

Charities fear there is still the danger of violence from people with untreated mental illness, who have been discharged too early from hospital and have no support in the community.

Health minister John Bowis told Today that MIND's message should be directed at local authorities and health authorities rather than government.

Better co-ordination is needed between health authorities and local authorities, he said. The department of health is preparing guidelines on providing care for mentally ill people.
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