Mental Health Act to be amended


The Health Ministry and the Sri Lanka Mental Health Officers Union have taken joint measures  to amend the Mental Health Act, which is around 150 years old and to replace it with a new Act.

The aim in striving to amend the old Act is to further streamline the services and the treatment that is given to mentally disabled patients in the country.

A discussion towards this end had been held at the Ministry of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms chaired by subject Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe on 22 August.

At the discussion the Minister had requested the health officials to form a Committee to study the shortcomings in the Act.

By Kumudu Upul Shantha