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Proposed Mental Health Bill may breach human rights, says Law Society

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7475.1128-b (Published 11 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1128
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Proposals in the draft Mental Health Bill to forcibly treat people with mental health problems in the community could breach patients' human rights, the Law Society warned last week.

    The warning came as the society, representing solicitors in England and Wales, gave evidence to the parliamentary committee scrutinising the draft bill.

    The bill would allow compulsory treatment to be imposed on patients living in the community as well as those in hospital.

    Mental health staff could also impose conditions banning patients from engaging in “specified conduct,” such …

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