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Mental Welfare Commission's role needs to be explained further

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 18 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1291
  1. James A T Dyer (, director
  1. Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, Argyle House, Edinburgh EH3 9SH

    EDITOR—Alexander et al asked Scottish consultant psychiatrists about the helpfulness of various proceedings and events after the suicide of patients.1 The intervention of the Mental Welfare Commission was found to be unhelpful and is referred to, along with other enquiries, as contributing to a blame culture.

    Although this undoubtedly accurately reports views expressed, it gives a misleading impression of the commission's role and practice. At one level, the statement is unexceptional; after all, the commission was …

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