The responsibilities of the national health service, so far as mentally disordered persons are concerned, fall into two groups: (1) the provision of hospital and specialist services1; and (2) the provision of health services in the community2. Since the enactment of the Mental Health Act 1959, both of these have been provided as part of the general health service; they are now provided under the National Health Service Act 2006 and the National Health Service (Wales) Act 20063.
There is also a duty to
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