Norwegian governmental and Opposition politicians are split regarding amendments to Norwegian psychiatric legislation, reports say.
MPs discussed the proposed changes to the Mental Health Act in parliament on Monday.The scheduled debate arose following the government’s earlier recommendation these would include a high security facility, and establishment national coordination unit to keep track of those who are sentenced to compulsory psychiatric care.
The Bill is being dealt with quickly in order to be ready for the end of Anders Behring Breivik’s trial, scheduled for 22 May.
Tri-partite government Coalition (Labour (Ap), Socialist Left (SV), Centre (Sp)) and Conservative (H) politicians wish to create a high-risk department for mentally ill patients that would likely be placed within Ila Prison.
However, the Christian Democrats (KrF), Progress (FrP), and Liberals (V) do not want all people with mental health issues to be treated like criminals if no criminal act has been committed. Progress is also critical of how quickly the Bill is being changed.
Minister of Health and Care Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen (AP) told politicians, There will, of course, be very detailed assessments made of who should be admitted to this department. I want maximum freedom and minimum coercion.”
“This is an issue with many dilemmas, but they are absolutely necessary,” she said to NRK.
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