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Collaborative care

VOL: 97, ISSUE: 46, PAGE NO: 38John Mills, RGN, is operations manager, Collaborative Care Services, Essex Rivers and Tendring Primary Care TrustIn 1998 the waiting list for community care funding meant that elderly and vulnerable people in north Essex were waiting on average seven months for care packages to be provided before discharge could be arranged. The effects on patients of these prolonged and unnecessary hospital stays were:

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