Who Is to Protect the Rights of Hospitalized Mental Patients?
Medicine and Law: World Association for Medical Law 1993; 12(3-4-5): 287-290
The 1991 Treatment of Mentally Sick Persons Act contains a large section on the rights of hospitalized mental patients. However, mental patients are often ignorant of their rights, have difficulties gaining access to outside support and are hence unable to materialize their rights and protect them. Who is to protect their rights? The various individuals and groups which play a role in protecting the civil rights of mental patients are listed and discussed: patients themselves, family members, human rights organizations, legislators, courts, the state comptroller, the media and therapists. The introduction of another institution, non-existent in Israel, a 'patient advocate' (ombudsman) is suggested and discussed.
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Sur Un Projet De Loi Relatif Aux Droits Et a La Protection Des Personnes Hospitalisees en Raison De Troubles Mentaux Et a Leurs Conditions d'Hospitalisation A Bill on the Rights and Protection of Patients Hospitalized for Mental Disorders And on Their Hospitalization Conditions Juillet, Pierre (1990-05-15)