chapter  III
The Royal Commission on Mental Illness and Mental Deficiency, 1954-7
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Mr. Armer stated in evidence that the Ministry and the Board considered that there was no shortage of beds for the mentally ill, with two itnportant qualifications: many of the beds were not in suitable accommodation-Ca great deal ofit is very bad'-and many ofthe beds were wrongly used, being filled with a number of stabilized chronic patients and mildly senile patients who did not require the full resources of a hospital, and should be cared for in the community. In mental deficiency, the picture was rather different, and the existing accommodation was inadequate; but community care was rapidly increasing, particularly for high-grade defectives. In both cases,' the development of adequate community care would greatly reduce the demand for hospital beds.