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Compulsory Medication

Volume 972: debated on Monday 29 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will state his policy on compulsory medication.

Treatment of patients should normally be with their consent, or with consent of parents in the case of children. There are certain circumstances in which doctors may given treatment without consent—for example in the case of patients detained for treatment under the Mental Health Acts. If the hon. Member has a particular instance in mind, perhaps he would send me details.