Mental Health Bill for England and Wales may be postponedBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7539.444-a (Published 23 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:444
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The government's controversial bill on mental health is expected to be shelved for this parliamentary session, amid widespread opposition from mental health professionals, fears about its effect on ethnic minority groups, and reported second thoughts in the Department for Constitutional Affairs.
The bill was due to be introduced before last Christmas but was held up while a racial impact assessment was carried out. A Department …