Ukraine's Parliament to regulate mental health care issue

Source : 112 Ukraine

Bill also contains provision on protection of patients from psychiatrists’ tyranny
17:02, 5 October 2016

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine intends to resolve the issues of mental health care at the legislative level. The corresponding bill was supported by 257 People’s Deputies in the first reading.

According to the explanatory note to the document, the necessity of its adoption is explained by the need to create a real mechanism for the protection of the rights of disabled persons and the prevention of arbitrariness in their hospitalization in psychiatric institutions, as well as to create conditions for the development of habilitation and rehabilitation programs. Also the bill is designed to fix a system that leads to the loss of Ukraine in the European Court of Human Rights, and to bring domestic legislation in line with international standards of psychiatric care.

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In particular, the bill contains a provision on ensuring the rights of disabled persons and patients to have access to justice and protection from arbitrariness of psychiatrists in the application of compulsory medical measures. Also, the document proposed to resolve the privileged pension funding of mental health workers.

In addition, the bill proposes to exclude provisions allowing sterilization of incapacitated individual in the presence of medical indications with the consent of his guardian from the Civil Code of Ukraine and the Fundamentals of Legislation on health care.

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