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Swedish Mental Care Shuts Down Over Summer

Published måndag 20 juli 2009 kl 16.13
Many have problems reaching helplines over the phone during the summer

A survey carried out by Swedish Radio News confirms a repeated alarm situation for many of those in this Nordic nation seeking psychiatric care during  he summer months.

Almost all local government officials in charge of medical services slash summer time activities by as much as 30, 40 or even 50% – placing some patients in other wards or simply discharging them. Services for those in day care clinics or telephone help lines shrink just as much in the hot summer sun.

Radio Sweden's Bill Schiller spoke to Elisabeth Pousette, chairwoman of the patient association Ananke, for those with compulsory disorders.

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