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UK government is defeated on community treatment orders

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:447
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The government was defeated in the House of Lords this week over a key plank of its mental health bill for England and Wales, compulsory treatment in the community.

    A further defeat this week, to ensure that children are not admitted to adult psychiatric wards, brings the total of defeats that the peers have inflicted on the government over the controversial bill to six.

    The latest successful amendments came only a week after peers inflicted three defeats on the government, imposing new safeguards on powers to detain mental health patients (BMJ 2007;334:384, …

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