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Health: Untreatable Patients

Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether criminal justice legislation rather than mental health legislation should be invoked when there are concerns that patients suffering with untreatable personality disorders may harm others. [HL1829]

Criminal justice legislation cannot be used when a person has not committed a crime. People with personality disorders can be treated under mental health legislation if treatment is appropriate and available for the individual in question.