European Convention on Human Rights: effects on psychiatric care
Albert Persaud Public Health Specialist and Mental Health Act Commissioner, Wiltshire Health Authority, Devizes, Wiltshire
David Hewitt Solicitor, Mental Health Act Commissioner and Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire
The introduction of the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law will have a direct effect on practice in mental health care. The authors discuss developments associated with the Convention, examine different articles and suggest the changes they could bring. They suggest that, rather than reacting to the development of convention rights, healthcare professionals should take the opportunity to influence new standards for psychiatric care.
Nursing Standard. 15, 44, 33-37. doi: 10.7748/ns2001.07.15.44.33.c3057Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review