Swine flu prompts changes to Mental Health Act

  Seth Haniel 08:51 24 Sep 09
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The government plans to rush through measures allowing people with suspected mental health issues to be quickly detained because of fears over staff shortages in any forthcoming swine flu outbreak, it has been revealed.

The temporary changes to the Mental Health Act, as laid out in an unusually short consultation lasting just one month, would mean it would only take one doctor, rather than two, to have a person sectioned and put on medication without their consent.

  Kevscar1 10:28 24 Sep 09

so if we can find the right doctor we can get every MP sectioned

  morddwyd 20:01 24 Sep 09

The top of a very slippery slope.

  SimpleSimon1 22:43 24 Sep 09

Interestingly enough, my wife is an independent Mental Health Act Manager and has not been able to find any other sources which corroberate this story.

She has one of her regular legal briefing sessions coming up in the next couple of weeks so, presumably, if there's any mileage to this, she will hear about it there

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