Psychiatry, Human Rights and the Law by Martin Roth (editor), Robert Bluglass (editor)

By Martin Roth (editor), Robert Bluglass (editor)

This thought-provoking quantity is predicated on papers given through training and educational attorneys, judges, psychiatrists, forensic specialists and sociologists to a up to date convention in Cambridge. The individuals think about attainable ways in the direction of the solution of the most dilemmas that face psychiatry, society and the legislations, and in the direction of therapeutic the rifts that experience built among different professions keen on the mentally unwell. additionally they ponder the easiest technique of selling extra humane, winning and socially effective providers.

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The number of beds within such psychiatric inpatient Units is established by the Regional Health Plan (art. 34, para. 5). 6. Article 64 says that the Region has to bring about 'the gradual elimination of Mental Hospitals' by not allowing any new admissions and by prohibiting the 'building of new Mental Hospitals, the use of those in The Italian Psychiatric Care Act of 1978 35 existence as the psychiatric wards of general hospitals, and the setting up within general hospitals of psychiatric wards or neurological or neuropsychiatric Units'.

The abrupt change in the situation brought about by the 1978 Act has resulted in the replacement of the old model of psychiatric care with a new one, which has even more rigid and absolutely dominant characteristics. This situation has its historical precedents. Even in the last decade of the nineteenth century the issue of mental institutions, that is, of inpatient treatment versus community care based on outpatient treatment, divided the medical world. ' It may be worth mentioning that at that time the opponents of mental hospitals included the most conservative classes, such as the clergy.

The Mental Health Act Commission is an alternative to patients' advisors, legal officers in hospital or the involvement of courts for the protection of the patient. The Mental Health Act 1983 also, for thefirsttime, defines the grounds for treating patients without consent. It was previously assumed that if a patient was detained for treatment (section 26, Mental Health Act 1959) then such treatment as may be necessary could be administered irrespective of the patient's wishes and those of the relatives.

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