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GOVERNMENT TO IMPOSE NEW RULES FOR CARE IN THE COMMUNITY PATIENTS

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The government will today unveil plans to tackle public concern about the lack of care for seriously mentally distu...
The government will today unveil plans to tackle public concern about the lack of care for seriously mentally disturbed paitents who are released from hospital under the controversial care in the community programme.

The Daily Mail (p23) reports that under the proposals to be announced by Alan Milburn, the health secretary, psychiatric patients who are released into the community will be told where to live.

In future, an order will be drawn up which specifies where a patient should live when they leave hospital. It will also contain details of their individual care plan. If a patient breaches any part of the order they can be returned to hospital to undergo compulsory treatment.

Ministers believe the new green paper on mental health will plug a serious loophole in existing mental health provision and provide a better balance of care for patients with particularly serious problems.

A Whitehall insider said: 'Our view is that there has to be an acceptance that for care in the community to work, there has to be a recognition that some people need more sophisticated forms of care.'
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