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Israeli psychiatrists propose new law on hospital admissions

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 23 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1508
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Israeli psychiatrists who a decade ago facilitated a law giving psychiatrists the responsibility for the forced admission to hospital of mentally ill patients now want to place the ball in the court of the judicial sector.

    Currently over 4000 Israelis in an average year are sent to psychiatric wards against their will.

    “Over these 10 years the era of paternalism towards patients has disappeared, to be replaced by a more egalitarian relationship between physician and patient,” said Dr Michael Schneidman, chairman of the Israel Psychiatric Association, which, along with the Association for Pediatric and Adolescent …

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