Mental Health Bill [Lords]

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 7:24 pm on 16th April 2007.

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Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health 7:24 pm, 16th April 2007

I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way as there is a point I need to put to him. There are people, particularly young women with personality disorders, who do not lose their judgment—they do not have impaired judgment and do not lose capacity—but if left untreated and uncared for they would commit self-harm and, in some instances, suicide. Is the hon. Gentleman prepared to say that we should turn our backs on those people and not give them treatment?


Posted on 4 May 2007 4:18 pm (Report this annotation)

Drugging people for their so called own good is not treatment. The word treatment as you define it seems to only apply to medication. There are many other alternatives to medication but the NHS spends so much on prescription drugs and too many mangagers that these alternatives never get a look in. When did you decide to take away a person's right to commit suicide.
As sad as it is, it is an individuals decision and not the governments!