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.