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Mental Health Act: why not learn from devolution?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1221
  1. Richard Simpson, consultant psychiatrist
  1. 1Lothian NHS, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6QF

    The UK government's third attempt to introduce an amended Mental Health Act is already meeting the same resistance as its previous attempts.1 The reasonable concerns of ministers in the Home Office about protecting citizens from violent people, who are likely to offend, have been interpreted in such a way in the proposed bill as to achieve a degree of unity …

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