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    Mental hospitals, social exclusion and public ‘Scandals’

    Hide, Louise (2022) Mental hospitals, social exclusion and public ‘Scandals’. In: Ikkos, G. and Bouras, N. (eds.) Mind, State and Society: Psychiatry and Mental Health in Britain 1960-2010. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 60-68. ISBN 9781911623793.

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    From the late 1960s to the early ’80, at least 10 major and many smaller inquiries were held into abuse, failures of care, and maladministration in NHS psychiatric and ‘mental handicap’ hospitals. This chapter provides an overview of how cultures of abuse, in its many forms, had permeated the structures and practices of some hospitals providing long-term care for decades. What social, cultural and political mechanisms active in medicine, nursing and beyond facilitated the exposure of these practices by the press and persistent campaigners, forcing politicians to order lengthy and costly inquiries? How did the inquiries help bring about change to the provision of long-term care in the 1970s and contribute to the widespread closure of the old Victorian asylums from the 1980s?


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Abuse, Long-stay wards, Scandal, Inquiry, Old age, 1960s, Institutionalisation, Ward culture, Psychiatric hospital
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Louise Hide
    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 10:12
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:06


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