Category Archives: ECT without consent

ECT without consent in Victoria, Australia

The Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, has today (14 August 2017) been hearing a case involving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) brought by Victoria Legal Aid. ¬†Two people who did not want ECT had the treatment ordered by the Mental Health Tribunal, … Continue reading

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ECTAS survey 2016/17

Earlier this month (July 2017) the Royal College of Psychiatrists published the results of a survey of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) use in 71 clinics in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. They found that two thirds of the … Continue reading

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ECT without consent in England: the highest users

Non-consenting patients make up an increasing proportion of people treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in England. Most, though not all, of the people given ECT without their consent are treated under section 58A of the Mental Health Act. The patient … Continue reading

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ECT without consent in England 2015/16

In November 2016 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published their annual report on the monitoring of the Mental Health Act (MHA) in England. At the time of publication statistics on the use of the MHA were not yet available, but … Continue reading

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ECT in Scotland, Texas and Queensland

There are few places in the world that collect and publish reasonably accurate statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy. Scotland and Texas, USA, publish annual reports on the use of ECT; Queensland, Australia, recently published some statistics in response … Continue reading

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ECT in the Republic of Ireland 2015

Last month the Mental Health Commission in the Republic of Ireland published a report on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in 2014 and 2015. In February this year the law changed to allow capable people to say no to … Continue reading

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A survey of ECT use in England, Wales and Ireland

In my last post I mentioned ECTAS, a voluntary ECT accreditation scheme run by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (the professional body for psychiatrists in the United Kingdom). For the past two years the Royal College has invited accredited clinics … Continue reading

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