Race row in mental health service

Three years ago an official inquiry into the treatment of black people within Britain’s mental health services concluded that the system was riddled with institutional racism and blamed the Department of Health for ignoring what it called “this festering abscess… a blot upon the good name of the NHS”.

But now senior psychiatrists, some themselves from ethnic minorities, are hitting back, arguing that labelling psychiatric services as racist is both wrong and counter-productive.

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