HC Deb 29 October 1956 vol 558 cc90-1W
Captain Kerby

asked the Minister of Health whether he will cause such amendments as are necessary to the Lunacy Act of 1890, as amended by the National Health Service Act, 1946, to ensure that no person believed to be of unsound mind can be detained in a mental hospital upon the signature of a single medical practitioner counter-signed by a single magistrate, without the patient having undergone a minimum period of observation beforehand.

Mr. Turton

No. I prefer to await the report of the Royal Commission on the Law relating to Mental Illness and Mental Deficiency.

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