Mental Health Care Bill 2016
The Bill covers access to affordable health care and aims to empower the citizen through informed consent. It covers the right to confidentiality, to live in a community and the significant provision of the Advance Directive. By further decriminalising suicide and categorically seeking to punish those who violate this Bill promises to be a strong one if implemented upon. Dr. Vandana Gopikumar, co-founder of the Banyan, who was also one of the members on the mental health policy group calls the bill pro-right and pro-poor. She says that the Bill clearly indicates that access to care cannot only be restricted to pill-popping but has to have support in terms of problem-solving and access to welfare benefits.
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