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Mental health charities object to contingency plans for flu epidemic

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3756
  1. Oliver Ellis
  1. 1BMJ

    Mental health charities reacted with concern this week in response to government plans to relax mental health safeguards in the event of a worsening flu pandemic.

    The Department of Health this week launched a consultation on temporarily changing the Mental Health Act 1983 to mitigate the impact of a possible rise in swine flu cases on mental health services (table).

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    The Mental Health Act 1983

    Proposals include reducing the number of doctors …

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