Category Archives: ECT without consent

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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ECT at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead

On 11 March 2016 the Daily Mirror reported on an inquest into the death of a 71 year old woman who died following electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), given at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead. Elsie Tindle was deemed to lack capacity … Continue reading

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Unilateral v bilateral ECT in Ireland

In my last post I mentioned a study published nearly fifty years ago, in 1968, in the British Journal of Psychiatry (M. Valentine, K.M.G. Keddie and D. Dunne, “A comparison of techniques in electro-convulsive therapy”). The authors concluded that unilateral … Continue reading

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ECT without consent in the Northern Territory, Australia

In January the NT News in Australia ran a story with the title “16 Territorians given shock therapy without their consent” “FEWER than 10 per cent of ­patients who received electroconvulsive therapy, formerly known as electro shock therapy (ECT), gave … Continue reading

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