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MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION RESPONDS TO COMMUNITY CARE PLANS

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Commenting on health secretary Frank Dobson's proposals to revise community care for people with severe mental illn...
Commenting on health secretary Frank Dobson's proposals to revise community care for people with severe mental illness, June McKerrow, director of the Mental Health Foundation said: 'The foundation welcomes government proposals to revise the care arrangements for those people who clearly need 24-hour supervision. Campaigners have always recognised that some people with severe mental illness cannot cope in the community.

'But these measures must not become the first step towards dismantling community services for all people wth mental health problems.

'The debate on community care for people with severe mental illness has for so long been overshadowed by the attention surrounding a minority of high profile cases that we've lost the perspective on how policies are working for the vast majority.

'There are over 300,000 people with severe problems in the UK and most are benefiting greatly from care in the community.

'The government's obligation to provide for these people is as great as ever and it should ensure that its focus on secure provisions for a very small minority does not put the rest at risk'
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