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The politics of a new Mental Health Act

  • Joanna Moncrieff (a1)
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Recent proposals for reforming the Mental Health Act show that the Government is keen to increase restrictions on current psychiatric patients and to extend the boundaries of psychiatric legislation. The proposals contained in the new Mental Health Bill (Department of Health, 2002) seem destined to make it easier to be subject to compulsory powers and more difficult to be rid of them.

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The politics of a new Mental Health Act

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