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New mental health bill may conflict with advice from the GMC

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 28 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:678
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The BMA and the Medical Defence Union have added their concerns to those of more than 50 organisations opposed to draft mental health legislation under which people with mental disorders could be detained and forced to have treatment that is unlikely to help them.

    Mental health services in England and Wales could come to a standstill if the draft mental health bill, due to go before ministers next month, is made law, the BMA warned last week. The wider scope of the new proposals would lead to increased pressure on services that are already over-stretched and under-resourced, the association said.

    Although it welcomes certain aspects of the bill, …

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