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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Response to Department of Health consultation on Pandemic Influenza and the Mental Health Act 1983

Embargoed until 14 September 2009

The Royal College of Psychiatrists notes the publication of the Department of Health’s consultation on temporary changes to the Mental Health Act 1983 that might be required in the event of severe staff shortages during, and in the aftermath of, an influenza pandemic.

Members of the College’s Central Executive Committee, and the College’s two appointed Leads on Disaster Preparedness and on the Mental Health Act, are considering the consultation proposals and will submit a formal response by 6 October 2009.

Any College members who wish to comment on the proposals before the consultation closes should address them to:

Professor Dinesh Bhugra
President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
17 Belgrave Square
London
SW1X 8PG


For further information, please contact:
Kathy Oxtoby or Deborah Hart in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538

 

Note to editors:

The Department of Health published its consultation on Pandemic Influenza and the Mental Health Act 1983 on 10 September 2009. Comments on the proposals are invited by 7 October 2009.

 

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