China's National Mental Health Law: A 26-year work in progress

  • Xiang Y
  • Yu X
  • Ungvari G
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Abstract

[...] if individuals already diagnosed or those suspected of having mental illness have caused or been viewed as potentially causing public disorder, their guardians, key family members, or public security departments have the right to admit them to psychiatric hospital compulsorily.5 However, there is no clear definition of the term "disturbing the public order" in the draft, which might increase the risk of abuse of patients with suspected mental disorders.4 A positive development of the Oct 29 revision of the draftlaw6 is the removal of the controversial conditions that relate to "disturbance to the public order" that could lead to compulsory admission in the June 10 draftlaw.5 Second, the role of patients' guardians who have the right to initiate compulsory admission to hospital if patients lack insight into their mental illness5,6 is a cause for concern.

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Authors

  • Yu Tao Xiang

  • Gabor S. Ungvari

  • Edwin Hm Lee

  • Helen Fk Chiu

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