Mental health law to be tightened

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 08 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:365
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Wide ranging changes in the mental health policy for England, including a review of the Mental Health Act, to give new powers of compulsion over patients who do not comply with their treatment, were foreshadowed last week by the health secretary, Frank Dobson.

    Admitting that care in the community had failed the most vulnerable people, Mr Dobson launched a programme with the twin objectives of changing both the practice and the law relating to mental illness. It will begin in the autumn and take several years to implement. Substantial extra funding is …

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