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MAJOR FAVOURS SINGLE BODY TO RUN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

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Prime minister John Major, concerned about a series of high-profile attacks by mentally ill people, has ordered a s...
Prime minister John Major, concerned about a series of high-profile attacks by mentally ill people, has ordered a study of whether new mental health authorities should be created, reports The Independent (p1).

A letter earlier this year to health secretary Stephen Dorrell commissioned a review of the way mental illness is funded across the health and social services divide.

The letter identified 'poor co-ordination' between health and social services and said that the prime minister is 'attracted to the idea of creating separate mental health authorities who would control all mental health spending'.

The department of health confirmed that a report on 'removing obstacles' between social services and health would go to Mr Dorrell at the end of the month.
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