Petition is successful: bavarian state parliament defunds psychiatric law

Petition is successful: bavarian state parliament defunds psychiatric law

After sharp criticism, the state government refrains from introducing a central file to record all patients housed in psychiatric institutions. Minister president markus soder (CSU) announced the reversal on tuesday after the cabinet meeting.

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Help first

The first priority should be to help the patients and their families, said soder. "We are talking about people who have a psychiatric illness, not criminals", said social minister kerstin schreyer (CSU).

The draft law originally provided for a placement file in which the patients' personal data would be stored for five years and, under certain circumstances, made available to the police. Among others, many patients who feared discrimination fought against this.

In the future, however, the police will also be informed when patients who are considered dangerous and who have been forcibly detained are released from psychiatric accommodation, as interior minister joachim herrmann (CSU) has said.

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