Skip to main content
×
×
Home

The Origins of the Mental Health Act 1983: Doctors in the House

  • Robert Bluglass (a1)
Extract

The role played by the House of Commons in the legislative process has been steadily changing since the Reform Acts of the nineteenth century. Previously, most of the Commons' legislative work consisted in passing private measures initiated and introduced by individual Members of Parliament concerned with, and knowledgeable about, local issues which required change. The growth of an increasingly vocal and educated mass electorate, the pressures of mass-membership political parties, and the increasing specialization of an industrial society, all increased the need for wider legislation, particularly for public social measures, and its initiation passed from the hands of individual members to the Government Parliament as a law-making body moved towards a more formal constitutional and legal role. Its twentieth century task is more often the legitimation of legislative changes originating elsewhere.

    • Send article to Kindle

      To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

      Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

      Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

      The Origins of the Mental Health Act 1983: Doctors in the House
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Dropbox

      To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

      The Origins of the Mental Health Act 1983: Doctors in the House
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Google Drive

      To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

      The Origins of the Mental Health Act 1983: Doctors in the House
      Available formats
      ×
Copyright
This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
References
Hide All
1 Drewry, A. (1981) Chapter in The Commons Today (eds. Walkland, S. A. and Ryle, M.). London: Fontana.
2 DHSS (1957) Report of the Royal Commission on the Law Relating to Mental Illness and Mental Deficiency 1954–1957. Cmnd 169. London: HMSO.
3 DHSS (1959) Mental Health Act 1959. London: HMSO.
4 SHHD (1960) Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1960. London: HMSO.
5 McGarry, A. L. & Kaplan, H. A. (1973) Overview: Current trends in mental health law. American Journal of Psychiatry, 130, 621.
6 Gostin, L. O. (1975, 1977) A Human Condition, Vols. I and II. London: National Association of Mental Health.
7 Royal College of Psychiatrists (1974) Review of the Mental Health Act 1959. News and Notes, supplement to the British Journal of Psychiatry, October, 3–8; November, 1114.
8 DHSS (1975) Better Services for the Mentally Ill. London: HMSO.
9 DHSS Home Office, Lord Chancellor's Office (1975) Report of the Committee on Mentally Abnormal Offenders. Cmnd 6244. London: HMSO.
10 DHSS (1976) A Review of the Mental Health Act 1959. London: HMSO.
11 DHSS (1978) Review of the Mental Health Act 1959. Cmnd 7320. London: HMSO.
12 Royal College of Psychiatrists (1979) The White Paper on the Mental Health Act: The College's comments. Bulletin of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, April, 5865.
13 Bluglass, R. (1981) Towards a new Mental Health Act: Mental Health Commission for England and Wales. Bulletin of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 5, 130–2.
14 Gostin, L. O. (1981) Observations on consent to treatment and review of clinical judgement in psychiatry: a discussion paper. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 74(10), 742–52.
15 Clare, A. W. (1981) Consent to treatment (Editorial). Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 74(11), 787–9.
16 Rozenberg, J. (1981) The Listener, 19 November.
17 DHSS (1981) Mental Health (Amendment) Bill. London: HMSO.
18 DHSS (1981) Reform of Mental Health Legislation. Cmnd 8405. London: HMSO.
19 Bluglass, R. (1981) Towards a new Mental Health Act: Sections 60 and 65 and the European Commission for Human Rights. Bulletin of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 5, 151–3.
20 DHSS (1982) Mental Health (Amendment) Act 1982. London: HMSO.
21 DHSS (1983) Mental Health Act 1983. London: HMSO.
22 Bluglass, R. (1983) A Guide to the Mental Health Act 1983. London and Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0140-0789
  • EISSN: 2514-9954
  • URL: /core/journals/bjpsych-bulletin
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 2 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 16 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 2nd January 2018 - 21st June 2018. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

The Origins of the Mental Health Act 1983: Doctors in the House

  • Robert Bluglass (a1)
Submit a response

eLetters

No eLetters have been published for this article.

×

Reply to: Submit a response


Your details


Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *