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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.
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