Most psychiatrists oppose plans for new mental health act

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7290.866/a (Published 07 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:866
  1. M J Crawford (m.crawford@ic.ac.uk), consultant psychiatrist,
  2. W Hopkins, consultant psychiatrist,
  3. P Thomas, consultant psychiatrist,
  4. J Moncreiff, specialist registrar in psychiatry,
  5. J Bindman, consultant psychiatrist,
  6. A J Gray, specialist registrar in psychiatry
  1. Imperial College, St Mary's Campus, London W2 1PD
  2. Edgware Community Hospital, Middlesex HA8 0AD
  3. Bradford Community Health Trust, Bradford BD7 3EG
  4. Charing Cross Hospital, London W6 8RP
  5. Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, London SE5 8AZ
  6. St Anne's Orchard, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 4EZ

    EDITOR—In his editorial Szmukler expressed concerns about government plans to introduce legislation that would enable the preventative detention of people classified as having a dangerous severe personality disorder.1 We believe that most psychiatrists in Britain share these concerns.

    This view is supported by the results of a survey that we conducted last year, which entailed sending a brief questionnaire to every consultant psychiatrist in England and Wales. The questionnaire …

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