In Scotland, Mental Welfare Commission inquires into homicides by psychiatric patients

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7087.1131 (Published 12 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1131
  1. J A T Dyer, Directora
  1. a Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, Edinburgh EH3 7RN

    Editor—Elaine Murphy and Louis Appleby and colleagues write about inquiries into homicides by psychiatric patients.1 2 I thought it relevant to give some information about the situation in Scotland, which combines some of the advantages of the proposals in the two letters.

    In Scotland the Mental Welfare Commission has a duty under the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 to inquire into any case in which it …

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