§ 4. Dr. D. Johnson
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that cases are arising in which, through deliberate policy on the part of local authority officers, a person's own general practitioner has not been consulted prior to his compulsory removal to mental hospital; and if he will issue a circular pointing out to local authorities the undesirability of this practice.
§ The Minister of Health (Mr. Derek Walker-Smith)
I am not aware of such a policy being adopted nor, consequently, of the need to issue a circular.
§ Dr. Johnson
Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that I can give him particulars of a number of cases? If I do so, and if he is satisfied with them, will he consider taking some steps on these lines as an interim measure before fresh legislation, which we know is due, is introduced?
§ Mr. Walker-Smith
I will, of course, be very happy to consider any evidence my hon. Friend is good enough to put before me, and I will certainly consider that evidence with a view to seeing whether any action is called for before legislation is introduced.