CAMPAIGNERS PLAN TO GET BUSH ‘SECTIONED’ DURING UK VISIT
No Confidence Campaign
26 May 2008 11:31 GMT
Under the Mental Health Act, a person is subject to compulsory admission for assessment in a mental institution if a doctor fears they are “likely to cause harm to themselves or others”. Using their knowledge of the system, the group composed of doctors, psychologists and mental health professionals will attempt to force an emergency section on Bush during his visit to London.
Armed with a doctor’s certificate, recommendations from two psychiatrists
and a straight-jacket, a group of campaigners will attempt to get George W
Bush sectioned under the Mental Health Act (1983) during his visit to
Britain next month.
The campaigners fear that Mr Bush is planning military intervention against Iran before the end of his term in office in January 2009. Under the Act, a person is subject to compulsory admission for assessment in a mental institution if a doctor fears they are “likely to cause harm to themselves or others”. Using their knowledge of the system, the group composed of doctors, psychologists and mental health professionals will attempt to force an emergency section.
An emergency admission for observation under Section 5 of the Act lasts up to
three days and can be sanctioned by one doctor. Admission under Section 2
can last for 28 days, whilst under Section 4 the patient can be detained
for up to six months.
The group behind this plan, the No Confidence Campaign, a non-aligned
group of activists and health care professionals who came together before the
2003 invasion of Iraq in an attempt to force a vote of no confidence in the Tony
Blair’s leadership on the grounds of mental incapacity. They believe that
President Bush’s mental stability also needs to be examined. His youthful
penchant for sticking firecrackers in live frogs and his defence of the
practice of branding fraternity pledges with heated coat hangers has been
reported in the New York Times and concerns about his messianic style of
leadership are widespread.
Consultant psychiatrist Dr A Walker said today;
“In Mr Bush we see an individual who believes he has been chosen by god,
who holds to certain beliefs regardless of logic or fact, and who
demonstrates an inability to empathise. These are classic symptoms of
someone suffering from psychotic grandiose delusions.”
Steven Blaine, spokesman for the NCC, said today;
“Under the Mental Health Act 1983 a person can be sectioned if they are
likely to cause harm to themselves or to others. All his latest actions indicate that George Bush is intent on military intervention against Iran before he leaves office. It is beyond dispute that George W Bush has caused grievous harm to thousands of in Iraq and unless he is locked away in a secure institution, he looks set to do the same in Iran. Whilst “men in white coats” armed with compulsory assessment orders will draw attention to the fact that an attack on Iran is not just a real possibility but an imminent reality. This action may be a ‘stunt’ but it is certainly no ‘joke’. Attacking Iran when she offers no direct to America breaks all precepts of international law and is nothing short of madness.”
The group will be tracking President Bush throughout his stay and hope that police will cooperate in enforcing the Section.
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