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Rip up draft mental health bill and start again, says BMA

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:326
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

The draft Mental Health Bill as it currently stands is unethical, is unworkable and contravenes human rights' legislation, says the BMA.

The only realistic way forward was to scrap the current document and start again from scratch, but this time with a thorough consultation of those with a genuine interest in treating people with severe mental health problems, said Dr Michael Wilks, chairman of the BMA's ethics committee.

He was giving evidence to the parliamentary scrutiny committee, a cross party group of MPs and Lords who take evidence …

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