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Sunday October 5, 2003
The Observer

Back to asylums

Mary Riddell (Comment, last week) may not be aware that if Frank Bruno had been admitted to psychiatric hospital at the time the Mental Health Act was introduced, he would not have been restrained by 'more than 10 policemen after flying into a rage'. The police are coming more into psychiatric hospitals than ever. In 1983 the open nature of acute psychiatric wards was accepted. Now the positive side of opening psychiatric wards tends not to be appreciated and in many ways we have returned to the worst institutionalised behaviour of the asylum.
D.B. Double
Consultant Psychiatrist
Norfolk Mental Health Care NHS Trust


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