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Mental health law profile on the Republic of Ireland

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Anna Datta
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GP Rural Track Training Scheme, Gilbert Bain Hospital, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, UK, email anna828359@yahoo.com
Justin Frewen
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United Nations Consultant
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This article provides a brief overview of the legislation that has been enacted in Ireland with respect to mental health, in particular the 2001 Mental Health Act. Although that Act was a positive step towards developing an Irish mental health service that protects the human rights of service users, a number of concerns remain, including issues related to consent and capacity, involuntary out-patient treatment and admission, the adversarial nature and timing of tribunals, and the lack of safeguards for voluntary patients.

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Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists 2016

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