Anti-therapeutic community mental health law

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7006.689 (Published 09 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:689
  1. Nigel Eastman
  1. Head Section of Forensic Psychiatry, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE

    EDITOR,—The defence by K C Calman, the chief medical officer, of the government's Mental Health (Patients in the Community) Bill seems to be based more on hope than on clinical argument.1 It is also contradicted by the Department of Health's internal review of legal powers on the care of mentally ill people in the community, which preceded the drafting of the bill.2 This stated that, although the department believed that wider use of guardianship might help some patients, “we cannot …

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