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186 The implosion of the Vijverdal building 14 april 2007. | Photo Engelbert Schins Armbestuur installed a study group to translate the report to facilities for an outpatient clinic, a department of additional Maastricht conditions. In 1967, this resulted in 'Concerning a diagnostic investigation, a clinic with a capacity of 350 to 550 new psychiatric centre (omtrent een nieuw psychiatrisch beds, a day care facility, an evening and night hospital, care by centrum), a white paper that came to be known as the 'Grey families and halfway houses. In August 1969 digging for the paper'. The central ideas that were put forward were: the construction started at the very moment when the government centre has a medical function, it is a therapeutic and treatment decided to establish the eighth faculty of medicine in centre and does not come out in favour of psychiatry as a way Maastricht. Dependence on Melchior, the contractor-fi nancier of isolating and looking after psychiatric patients; the general of the project, had taken on worrying proportions: the practitioner is the central fi gure in the organisation of curative Burgerlijk Armbestuur had allowed itself to be strung along by care; the care that is provided must be as limited as possible Melchior and had agreed to the construction of a building that both in intensity and duration; the centre is a regional facility was far too large: the number of square meters per bed was for all denominations, with a limited and well defi ned twice the customary amount and the number of beds that was catchment area, similar to that of Calvariënberg, in order to projected was far too large. Construction, moreover, was illegal, maintain contact between patients and their families and homes because, out of fear of too much critical interference from the as much as possible. Hague, the Burgerlijk Armbestuur had neglected to request Six tasks were envisaged for the new centre: diagnosis, offi cial building permission. The Inspectorate of Public Health therapy, care, rehabilitation, education, including patient had no control whatsoever over those developments. education, and scientifi c research. Protection of society from Criticism of Vijverdal was growing even as it was being disturbance or the provision of only care were not among the built. The institution under construction was soon given the tasks. The plans for the construction of the centre comprised stamp of antipsychiatry and complied in no way whatsoever


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