Mental health services in general are at present receiving a bad press. Recent complaints focus on two main areas: the widespread prescription of tranquillising drugs, and the social consequences of the policy of community care. There is now serious concern, both among the public and in the profession, about the over-prescription of tranquillisers. The legal implications are serious. An article in the Journal of the Medical Defence Union was recently quoted in the Bulletin: “Dr Ashton's article is a timely reminder that the prescription of benzodiazepines is now a high profile activity for the psychiatrist that has been scrutinised much more closely than many of our other functions. It is well to be aware that one of the potential onlookers is a lawyer” (Tyrer, 1988).
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