Research Article

Consent to psychiatric treatment: practical implications of the Mental Health (Amendment) Bill.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 284 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.284.6329.1613 (Published 29 May 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;284:1613
  1. M A Beedie,
  2. R Bluglass

    Abstract

    The case notes of all patients admitted in 1981 to two Birmingham psychiatric hospitals on compulsory orders for treatment were examined to determine whether, had the new "consent to treatment" proposals in the Mental Health (Amendment) Bill been in operation, a second opinion was necessary. This concluded that there will be difficulties in operating the arrangements to provide a second opinion, and the Government should reconsider the range of these proposals.