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Report [of the] Royal Commission on the Law Relating to Mental Illness and Mental Deficiency 1954-1957
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Corporate AuthorRoyal Commission on the Law Relating to Mental Illness and Mental Deficiency
PublisherHMSO, London, 1957
Pages328 pp (Cmnd 169)
SourceHMSO Publications Centre, PO Box 276, London SW8 5DT
KeywordsMental disorder ; Psychiatric treatment ; Law.
AnnotationThe Royal Commission inquired into the existing law and administrative machinery governing the certification, detention, care (other than hospital care or treatment under the National Health Service Acts, 1946-52), absence on trial or licence, discharge and supervision of persons who are alleged to be suffering from mental illness or mental defect (other than Broadmoor patients). The extent to which it should be statutorily possible for such people to be treated, as voluntary patients, without certifications, was considered. Recommendations were made for the development of community health and welfare services, and for registration or approval of hospitals or homes outside the National Health Service (NHS) to be transferred to local authorities. The Royal Commission also recommended abolition of the Board of Control, and the complete repeal of the Lunacy and Mental Treatment Acts and Mental Deficiency Acts, and their replacement with an Act laying down circumstances in which compulsion might be used. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930810018
ClassmarkE: LP: VR

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