Call to reform involuntary treatment laws

Doctors are being put in an impossible position by laws governing when people with mental illness can be involuntarily treated, making further tragedies like the Waterlow killings inevitable, a study says. 

A paper published in Australasian Psychiatry last week argues that “narrow” legislation meant doctors felt they could not commit Antony Waterlow for treatment in the years before he stabbed his sister and father to death in 2009.

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