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February 24, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;127(8):475-476. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860080047017

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Jan. 27, 1945.

Reform of Psychiatric Services  Speaking at the centenary luncheon of the Royal Medico-Psychological Association, the minister of health, Mr. Willink, predicted important reforms in psychiatric services. Among these was unified control of all mental health services under a single set of authorities. In every area there should be a single body to deal with all aspects of mental health, the minister stated, so that they could survey the field as a whole, instead of a variety of authorities or combination of authorities, each concentrating on a limited section of the entire field. Unified control was held essential, to the proper development of a comprehensive outpatient service, the first great step toward application of the principles of preventive medicine to mental health. There must be a parallel development of the ancillary services, Mr. Willink added, for it is uneconomical to leave a highly

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