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The Mental Health Act in the UK provides for certain individuals to be taken from their homes held in a secure mental health unit and drugged without any form of consent whatsoever. No formal orders from the court or warrant of arrest are necessary, and without any crime having been committed or threatening behavior displayed. The individual may not even have come out from his own home. It’s true that sometimes one does need help through difficult times. However, depriving persons of their liberty whilst forcefully drugging them under the Mental Health Act is nothing short of  barbarism as you will discover from Mary’s vivid account

How any self-respecting mental health professional can legitimately justify or condone treating anybody this way is assaults one’s common sense. But let’s suppose for a moment that there is something way beyond our understanding that justifies the need for this type of treatment. The NHS system in the UK quite often comes under attack mainly due to poor service, a claim that is often well justified due to poor staffing, insufficient resources and budget cuts. Little wonder then that the NHS is often accused of delivering a less than optimum service to the public. There are those who avidly avoid it altogether preferring to use alternative self-help methods.

However, providing these  mental health units appears relatively inexpensive when compared with other specialised or indeed even the more general areas of care. Very few highly trained professionals are needed save for the psychiatrist who may visit for around 30 minutes to an hour each day. State-of-the-art equipment is unnecessary, perhaps an ECT machine to administer electro-convulsive therapy to those deemed to be dangerous.

Why then is such a large share of the NHS budget given to mental health disorders – over £10 billion in the 2008/2009 period and considerably more than any other field within the NHS Programme Budget Categories. Take a look at our paper on the NHS Budget.

Download your copy here (right click and click “save as”) >>>  The Spiraling Cost of Mental Health



2 Response to Mental Health Act

  1. Paul on 11th May 2012

    Dr George Hibbert knowingly misdiagnosed hundreds of parents as mentally ill, leading authorities to take their children away. He is currently being investigated by the General Medical Council, who have not yet made any charges against him.

    Meanwhile, there has been little attention given to the story (although there is one story in the Daily Mail) and so far there is no discussion about what led local councils or social security to accept his diagnoses, there have been no changes to the system that allowed this to happen, and no steps have been taken to return these children to their parents.

    These parents were grievoulsy wronged. Hibbert should be jailed, the children returned to their original families (and those families should be monetarily compensated as well for their grief) and the system that allowed this to occur should be scutinized and seriously reformed.

    Demand justice for these families!

  2. Miss.Andrea Borman on 13th August 2012

    It seems English Law says one thing but means another when it comes to authorities/health trusts. If you are mistreated in an NHS hospital.If you complain,the bosses don’t do anything. And if you go to a lawyer/solicitor, they don’t want to get involved. And they just fob you off. And treat you like an idiot.And when you talk to so called support groups like Mind they don’t even want to listen to you.

    English law says authorities/health trusts are not allowed to abuse people and all people have rights. But in practice this does not always happen, as in the case of the above story about what happened to Mary in Homerton hospital.

    Which means that a health trust can do anything to you,which is a violation of human rights and English law and get away with it.Because the government will not intervene. which is very frightening. Take a look at Waltham Forest authorities for an example—


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