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UK proposes new approach to personality disorders

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 24 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:210
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Proposals for new powers to lock up dangerous people with severe personality disorders who have committed no offence were outlined by the British government this week.

    Ministers are considering two options in England and Wales: strengthening current powers to detain people who pose a risk in either prison or hospital, or creating a new specialist service to house those with severe antisocial personality disorders. Although those who commit serious crimes can be detained under the current law, civil detention or “sectioning” under the Mental …

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