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Detaining dangerous people with mental disorders

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 21 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:659
  1. Philip A Sugarman (, medical director
  1. St Andrew's Hospital, Northampton NN1 5DG

    EDITOR—Birmingham summarises the latest version of the proposed new Mental Health Act.1 I was surprised, however, that the proposals have attracted as much libertarian opposition as the several earlier announcements. The consultation document promises that now, a primary aim is to bring the law more closely into line with modern law on human rights. The government had already adopted the phrase “medical treatment” inpreference to the current “treatment in hospital” toachieve one …

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