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Learning disability task force criticises draft mental health bill

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7382.184/f (Published 25 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:184
  1. Debashis Singh
  1. London

    The first annual report of the government appointed learning disability task force, published last week, is critical of the government on a number of counts but is most scathing on the draft mental health bill.

    The task force's criticisms of the bill are twofold. It opposes the bill's inclusion of learning disability in the category of “mental disorder” for the purposes of compulsory treatment, and it brings ministers to task for not increasing the involvement of people with learning disabilities in consultation on the bill.

    The report says: “We think it is …

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