UK Information, New Legislation

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Myeika, Sep 12, 2002.

  1. Myeika

    Myeika New Member

    This is information for the UK people on this forum.

    People with ME could so easily be included in this compulsory mental care
    stuff. I could not get through on the web address given, but did a search
    via UK government and then health. The deadline to protest is soon - 16th
    Sept

    What Doctors Don't Tell You

    September 2002 Vol 13 No. 6

    Letters to the Editor

    Viewpoint

    The right to be different

    Something strange and dangerous is happening all over the Western
    world.

    Bit by stealthy bit, freedoms that we have taken for granted are
    being eroded - ironically, in the name of safeguarding health and
    liberty.

    In America, where 1 recently visited, the government is
    incarcerating thousands of people merely on suspicion, but with no
    proof, of sedition, ostensibly to catch the would-be terrorist.
    Europe is busy dismantling alternative medicine and thereby eroding
    your freedom of choice in healthcare.

    And now, in Great Britain, the most dangerous freedom of all is
    about to be taken away from you - the right to be different, even
    the right to disagree.

    The Labour government, with Tony Blair's tacit approval, is planning
    legislation that will allow doctors and the entire medical
    profession a far more elastic definition of sanity.

    The plan is to revise the Mental Health Act of 1983 to a new Mental
    Health Bill. The most worrying aspect of this revision is the
    proviso that 11 any disability or disorder of mind or brain which
    results in an impairment or disturbance of mental functioning" will
    now be deemed a 'mental disorder'.

    Basically, this broad-sweep bill will now give legal sanction for
    the doctor not only to make a full determination of your sanity, but
    to forcibly enter the home of any person he considers insane and
    drug that person against his will.

    You can see where this is heading. Insanity could be deemed to be
    any position which runs contrary to established medical practice. To
    the doctor conditioned to view vaccination as a lifesaver, you, as
    art opponent of the MMR vaccine, could arguably be considered
    insane, and drugged against your will while your children are
    vaccinated.

    If you'd like to have a home birth and the doctor considers you
    a 'high-risk' patient, he'd have the power to drag you into the
    hospital and knock you out before proceeding with a drug-based
    birth. If you have cancer and decide to opt out of the usual slash-
    and-burn solution of medicine, the doctor could have you legally
    committed and administer this treatment against your will.

    If this new piece of legislation had been in effect, Harold Shipman
    would have been able to declare open season on his entire patient
    listand get away with it.

    With this definition of insanity, any reasoned decision of yours to
    forego the vast arsenal of drugs and surgery favoured by modern
    medicine as the only solution to illness could be considered a
    mental illness, requiring medical treatment. Through such devious
    means, adults, who currently enjoy the freedom to decline any sort
    of medicine even if their decision results in death, would lose
    their basic right to say no.

    These kinds of laws are the stuff of the Stalinist state, where
    anyone opposed to the decisions of authority was deemed to be
    mentally disordered and promptly shipped off to the Gulag. It's the
    basic building block of a government which wishes to outlaw the
    right of disagreement with the State. It is all the more shocking
    that this legislation is being mooted in a country that has always
    applauded and safeguarded the right to be different. It signals the
    end of the most basic of democracies.

    As with all these bills and referendums, the timing is always
    deliberately tight. We have little more than two weeks (until 16
    September) to voice our views before a final bill is prepared. Write
    in with your reasoned and courteous protest about this most
    objectionable bill (you can find out more about the bill at
    www.health.gov.uk).

    If this most basic healthcare freedom falls, all other freedoms will
    follow.

    With Love

    Myeika
  2. Myeika

    Myeika New Member

    This is information for the UK people on this forum.

    People with ME could so easily be included in this compulsory mental care
    stuff. I could not get through on the web address given, but did a search
    via UK government and then health. The deadline to protest is soon - 16th
    Sept

    What Doctors Don't Tell You

    September 2002 Vol 13 No. 6

    Letters to the Editor

    Viewpoint

    The right to be different

    Something strange and dangerous is happening all over the Western
    world.

    Bit by stealthy bit, freedoms that we have taken for granted are
    being eroded - ironically, in the name of safeguarding health and
    liberty.

    In America, where 1 recently visited, the government is
    incarcerating thousands of people merely on suspicion, but with no
    proof, of sedition, ostensibly to catch the would-be terrorist.
    Europe is busy dismantling alternative medicine and thereby eroding
    your freedom of choice in healthcare.

    And now, in Great Britain, the most dangerous freedom of all is
    about to be taken away from you - the right to be different, even
    the right to disagree.

    The Labour government, with Tony Blair's tacit approval, is planning
    legislation that will allow doctors and the entire medical
    profession a far more elastic definition of sanity.

    The plan is to revise the Mental Health Act of 1983 to a new Mental
    Health Bill. The most worrying aspect of this revision is the
    proviso that 11 any disability or disorder of mind or brain which
    results in an impairment or disturbance of mental functioning" will
    now be deemed a 'mental disorder'.

    Basically, this broad-sweep bill will now give legal sanction for
    the doctor not only to make a full determination of your sanity, but
    to forcibly enter the home of any person he considers insane and
    drug that person against his will.

    You can see where this is heading. Insanity could be deemed to be
    any position which runs contrary to established medical practice. To
    the doctor conditioned to view vaccination as a lifesaver, you, as
    art opponent of the MMR vaccine, could arguably be considered
    insane, and drugged against your will while your children are
    vaccinated.

    If you'd like to have a home birth and the doctor considers you
    a 'high-risk' patient, he'd have the power to drag you into the
    hospital and knock you out before proceeding with a drug-based
    birth. If you have cancer and decide to opt out of the usual slash-
    and-burn solution of medicine, the doctor could have you legally
    committed and administer this treatment against your will.

    If this new piece of legislation had been in effect, Harold Shipman
    would have been able to declare open season on his entire patient
    listand get away with it.

    With this definition of insanity, any reasoned decision of yours to
    forego the vast arsenal of drugs and surgery favoured by modern
    medicine as the only solution to illness could be considered a
    mental illness, requiring medical treatment. Through such devious
    means, adults, who currently enjoy the freedom to decline any sort
    of medicine even if their decision results in death, would lose
    their basic right to say no.

    These kinds of laws are the stuff of the Stalinist state, where
    anyone opposed to the decisions of authority was deemed to be
    mentally disordered and promptly shipped off to the Gulag. It's the
    basic building block of a government which wishes to outlaw the
    right of disagreement with the State. It is all the more shocking
    that this legislation is being mooted in a country that has always
    applauded and safeguarded the right to be different. It signals the
    end of the most basic of democracies.

    As with all these bills and referendums, the timing is always
    deliberately tight. We have little more than two weeks (until 16
    September) to voice our views before a final bill is prepared. Write
    in with your reasoned and courteous protest about this most
    objectionable bill (you can find out more about the bill at
    www.health.gov.uk).

    If this most basic healthcare freedom falls, all other freedoms will
    follow.

    With Love

    Myeika