Government compromises on mental health bill

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1342
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The UK government last week gave in to demands from critics of its mental health bill, agreeing to a compromise amendment that imposes new safeguards on powers to detain mentally ill patients.

    The climbdown came over the most controversial clause in the bill, designed to permit patients with severe personality disorders to be detained if they are deemed to be a risk to themselves or others, even if they have committed no crime.

    Ministers wanted to scrap the “treatability” provision in existing legislation, which allows patients to be …

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