mental health bill campaign group
leading body representing doctors has joined a coalition campaigning
against government plans to extend compulsory treatment for people
with mental health problems
General Medical Council said proposals in the draft mental health
bill, presently going through parliament, threatens doctors' ability
to meet expected standards of care for a particularly vulnerable
group of patients.
The council, which licences doctors to practice in the UK, believes
people with mental health problems should not be subject to compulsory
assessment and treatment without appropriate safeguards of their
rights and interests.
Mental Health Alliance is a coalition of more than 70 professional,
charity and law organisations opposing "draconian" plans
laid out in the draft bill.
29, 2005: Government again under fire over plans to change mental
health law - parliamentary committee warns that planned legislation
would erode civil liberties
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