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Hospitals cannot release Information of persons being treated for mental illness

Hospitals cannot release Information of persons being treated for mental illness

Noida: Medical establishments should not release photograph or information of a person being treated for mental illness without consent, a District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) official said.

People suffering from mental illness are entitled to receive legal services free of cost, and health care under the Mental Healthcare Act, which protects their right to live with dignity, DLSA secretary Neelu Mainwal said at a meeting with students here.

Medical services to patients should be given at affordable cost and in sufficient quantity, and there should be no compromise in quality, the official said here.

“Treatment should be delivered without any discrimination on the basis of gender, sex, sexual orientation, religion, culture, caste, social or political beliefs, class, disability among others,” Mainwal said

Dr R K Bansal, secretary, Indian Medical Association said, “According to the WHO globally around 20 per cent of the worlds children and adolescent have mental disorder.”

“The problematic part is only 10 per cent suffering from mental disorder take treatment due to stigma. Work related stress is causing mental disorders which is on the rise,” he said.

Source: PTI
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