Government suffers its first defeat over Mental Health Bill

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 18 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:113
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
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    The government has suffered what is expected to be the first of a series of defeats over its Mental Health Bill, which is intended to strengthen powers of compulsory treatment for psychiatric patients in England and Wales.

    An alliance of Liberal Democrats, Conservatives, and cross-bench peers plans to press a series of amendments to a vote that, if successful, will see the bill reach the House of Commons significantly changed from the form in which the government introduced it.

    Last week's defeat for the government came when an amendment was passed, …

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