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MPs call for safeguards for people with personality disorder

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7237.731 (Published 18 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:731
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    UK government proposals to detain dangerous people who have a severe personality disorder but no criminal conviction should be applied to individuals only when an assessment predicts that it is almost certain that they will commit a very serious criminal offence, a report from a cross party committee of MPs said this week.

    New powers to detain such people should be accompanied by the most stringent safeguards—to satisfy the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights and the liberties traditionally protected by parliament, the report adds.

    Substantial extra funds …

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