England needs more second opinion psychiatrists to safeguard patients’ rightsBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4840 (Published 17 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4840
- Lynn Eaton
The shortage of second opinion doctors to make decisions under the Mental Health Act is a major concern for the Department of Health, England’s national director for mental health, Louis Appleby, has admitted.
Speaking at a conference of mental health trust managers in Birmingham on 12 November, Professor Appleby called on them to try to recruit more doctors whose role it is to give a second opinion, if requested to do so, before a patient is sectioned under the act.
“We need your help in getting this right,” he said. “We need 40 more doctors. If every organisation here produced a second opinion doctor, the problem would …