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[Patients] to run own wing in hospital — A new wing which is being added to an English mental hospital will be run entirely by the patients. Doctors and nurses will enter it only by invitation. Administration will be by a committee of patients, which will have a room for meetings.... Patients will themselves decide how they wish to spend their time, and they will be free to invite relatives and friends inside…. “Even when a patient is mentally fit again,” said one of the doctors, “he has to learn again to live with other people in a normal setting. This resocialization is a vital process. If it is done within the walls of an ordinary hospital, the difficulty is that patients are always aware that they are patients and the staff that they are staff.”

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