Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Mental Health Act needs to be reviewed

Dr Lynda Scott National Disability and Associate Health Spokesperson

18 February 2002

Mental Health Act needs to be reviewed

A review of the Privacy Act as it relates to mental health services is not enough to address the problems which put the public and families at risk, National's Disability Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott said today.

"The Mental Health Commission's review is saying that the current legislation is fine but obviously it is not strong enough because it is being ignored. It didn't work in the case of Malcolm Beggs and Mark Burton.

"Annette King is finally being pushed to acknowledge there are problems because they have been highlighted by desperate families and the Opposition.

"National's 1999 amendment to the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act which made it mandatory to consult families, is being ignored and still does not give enough of a voice to the families and the community who are involved with those who have a mental health disability.

"It is ironic that the Minister accepts the Privacy Act is being used to stop families help make decisions about mental health patients, when she has happily allowed mental health patients to be moved from Hillmorton Hospital without their families knowing and without patients being assessed for discharge.

"The Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act has failed some patients and this is why we said last year that it needed to be reviewed. The Government should immediately instigate a review. National's policy will be to review the Act," Dr Lynda Scott said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Oprah as a Presidential Hopeful

Oprah for President…That was one of those summer silly season stories, right ? Maybe not.

On the morning after the Golden Globes Awards ceremony where she delivered That Speech (“I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon!”) a lot of people seem to have woken up in the cold light of day with a vision of President Winfrey still dancing in their heads.

Oprah’s presidential run may have legs…More


Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list

Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>


Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>





Featured InfoPages