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Psychiatrists concerned about changes to Mental Health Act

Mar 22, 2022 18:03 By Shannonside News
Psychiatrists concerned about changes to Mental Health Act Psychiatrists concerned about changes to Mental Health Act
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The new laws on how and why a person can be admitted to a psychiatric unit are being looked at as part of the process

Psychiatrists are very concerned proposed changes to the Mental Health Act could result in tragic outcomes for some patients.

The Act sets out the law on how and why a person can be admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

Proposed changes include raising the threshold for that to happen, so only those at an immediate risk of harm would be admitted.

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Vice President at the College of Psychiatrists Dr. Lorcan Martin is worried people who aren't deemed at serious risk could suddenly deteriorate.

 

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