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UK plans shake-up of mental health laws

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 06 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:10
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Government proposals for new powers to lock up dangerous people with severe personality disorders in England and Wales, even if they have committed no crime, have been unveiled by the health minister, Alan Milburn. The controversial plans would allow indefinite detention for the small group formerly known as psychopaths, as part of a package billed as the biggest shake-up of mental health law for …

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