Letters, calls and emails: Protect Mental Health Act against abuse

Dear Editor

I am concerned about the potential abuse of patients' rights as a result of proposed amendments to the Mental Health Bill (Visit www.mind.org.uk/News+policy+and+ campaigns/MHB/).

The proposals are a surreptitious way of detaining suspected terrorists, undesirables, and so on, without the need to resort to normal laws for arrest and detention.

This has to be vigorously resisted to avoid infringements of liberties by the police and government agencies abusing the powers of the amended Mental Health Bill.

It threatens the rights and safety of patients that have been carefully protected under the current Mental Health Act for many years.

Dr Andrew Lee Prenton, Wirral.

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