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Written Answers. - Mental Health Act, 1945.

Wednesday, 12 June 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 466 No. 7

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 72. Dr. McDaid Information on James McDaid Zoom on James McDaid  asked the Minister for Health Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan  when he intends to update the Mental Treatment Act, 1945 in accordance with the White Paper on this issue. [12243/96]

Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan,: Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan Limerick East): The White Paper — A New Mental Health Act — was published in August 1995. The proposed new legislation, which will provide a modern framework for the care and treatment of the small number of persons with mental disorder who refuse or who are incapable of seeking treatment or protection in their own interest or in the interests of others, will narrow the criteria for detaining persons with such [1890] disorder. It will also bring Irish legislation into conformity with the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, to which Ireland is a signatory. A draft general scheme and Heads of a new Mental Health Bill are being prepared in my Department and I hope to be submitting these to Government for approval shortly.

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