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New measures announced for detaining psychiatric patients

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7182.486e (Published 20 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:486
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A form of preventive detention for people with social psychopathic disorders is to be introduced in England and Wales, the home secretary, Jack Straw, told parliament on Monday.

    The new legal powers would apply whether or not someone was before the courts for an offence, if it could be established that …

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