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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 798-803

The need for “code of practice” as a supplement to Mental Healthcare Act 2017


Mind Care, People Tree Maarga, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Divya Ganesh Nallur
People Tree Maarga, 23/B, Sector A, Yelahanka New Town, Bengaluru - 560 064, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_113_19

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Mental Healthcare Act (MHCA) 2017 is the current legislation overseeing and protecting the mental healthcare of patients with mental illness. All professionals working with this vulnerable patient population must abide by this legislation. This article is an attempt to make a case for the need for a “Code of Practice” (CoP) as a statutory guidance document to help all stakeholders in implementing the legislation. It is argued that the CoP is essential to effectively safeguard the rights and autonomy of the patients and to safeguard professionals from uneasy repercussions from unintended mistakes in implementing the legislation.



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