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Dilemmas of insanity

The mental health bill fiasco is a classic dilemma of public protection versus human rights

Half a mile from where I live, a mentally ill man recently killed a retired couple in their home. Daniel Gonzalez’s family had made more than 100 unanswered pleas to get help for him. He was apparently treatable, but, reluctant to engage with services that didn’t try hard enough to engage with him, spiralled into drug abuse and beyond. There are countless stories of people in distress, often supported by despairing carers, failing to get help, but the outcome in Gonzalez’s case was highly unusual: he harmed people he didn’t know. If they harm at all, such people far more…

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