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MH Act & Pandemic flu – consultation

There’s a consultation out now on proposals to make temporary changes to the Mental Health Act in the event of severe staff shortages during a pandemic flu outbreak.

Responses are needed quickly – by 7th October. They have apologised for the shorter-than-usual consultation period. This is because they have concerns for an early autumn increase in numbers affected by flu in early autumn.

The document is on the Department of Health website here.

It’s disappointing that carers organisations are not mentioned in the target audience – service user organisations are included.

UPDATED 17.9.09 to include links :
Response from Mind here
Article in Community Care here


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