Ministers Reject Concerns Over Mental Health Law

The Guardian reports that:

“The government today vowed to press ahead with its controversial overhaul of mental health legislation, against the advice of MPs and peers.”

The draft Mental Health Bill is set to introduce ‘draconian measures‘ that could seriously erode the civil liberties of those suffering from mental ill health.


“Mental health campaigners said they were “disappointed and angry” at the government’s decision yesterday to press ahead with legislation to allow the compulsory treatment of people who might not benefit from it.”


“Services for the mentally ill are in danger of becoming “clogged up with people who cannot be treated and should not be there”, if the latest proposals in the mental health bill become law, they warned.”

Guardian Mental Health Section

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Published: 14 July 2005

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