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More beds for psychiatric patients

BEIJING is expanding its mental health facilities in order to treat the growing number of people suffering from psychiatric illnesses.

The Municipal Health Bureau said more hospitals would be required to set up psychiatric departments. The city has 6,900 psychiatric beds, but the number of people with serious mental illness is estimated at 150,000.

In the first phase of the campaign, six large comprehensive or special hospitals will set up psychiatric departments under the guidance of three existing mental hospitals, the bureau said.

According to the Mental Health Center under the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China has more than 100 million people with mental illness.


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