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Medical Treatment (Patients' Consent)

Volume 960: debated on Friday 15 December 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what statutory powers authorise the giving of medical treatment to individuals without their consent.

Patients detained for treatment under the Mental Health Act 1959 may be given treatment for their mental disorder without their consent. Apart from this, there are no statutory powers to give medical treatment to individuals without consent. If the hon. Member has a particular case in mind and will write to me I will look into it.