New mental health laws ‘not fit for 21st century’

Mental Health organisations have condemned government proposals to amend laws governing the treatment of people with severe mental health problems saying they were “not fit for the 21st century”.

The Government published its new Mental Health Bill today, which it said would toughen up existing laws and offer “more protection for public and patients”.

The Bill will allow people with untreatable personality disorders to be detained even if they have not committed a crime.

Leading mental health charities and organisations have strongly criticised the Bill as “unfair, unnecessary and unfit for purpose”. They said they fear that the new legislation would give patients less protection than existing laws.

New mental health laws ‘not fit for 21st century’ – Britain – Times Online

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