Tuesday 21 November 2017

Don't deny them this treatment

Can the Government, who are meant to protect people like me, the children in society, the next generation, honestly say we are safe?
Can the Government, who are meant to protect people like me, the children in society, the next generation, honestly say we are safe?
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - Your news report under the heading, 'Mentally ill still forced to endure shock treatment,' (Sunday Independent, 15 November), dealt with whether it should be possible for a person with impaired mental capacity to receive ECT without consent.

Most mental health care is entirely voluntary - 89pc in 2013. Similarly with ECT, 85.5pc of treatments in 2013 were administered with the patient's consent.

But for those who, even with decision-making support, lack mental capacity to decide about ECT, the current position is that a person must first be detained under the Mental Health Act 2001 - a three-step process requiring that someone, such as a family member, apply for involuntary admission; a doctor (such as a GP) examine the patient and agree that it is necessary; and, finally, a consultant psychiatrist examine the person and also agree that it is necessary.

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