Mental disorders may seriously impair insight and therefore cause some patients to refuse potentially life-saving treatment which they would otherwise accept. Opinion on the ethics of current legislation regarding compulsory admission and treatment varies with open debates leading to heated and emotive exchanges. During the reading of the 1982 Mental Health Amendment Bill intense lobbying of MPs took place (Bluglass, 1984). Some argued against compulsory detention because of its infringement on personal liberty while others argued that it was necessary for the adequate treatment of mental disorders which impair insight. They pointed out one's right to receive appropriate treatment whether or not insight is impaired.
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