The Observer article focuses primarily on children, especially those whose behaviour problems have increasingly been controlled by a drug called RITALIN, which is frequently used on children suffering from alleged Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is reported that the number of prescriptions for this drug have shot up from 3,500 in 1993 to 126,500 in 1998. Significantly for many people (including those suffering from ME/CFS and those suffering from what psychiatrists like to call 'ill-defined syndromes' - see details on MCS, p23):
Under the present legislation, people can only be given treatment against their will if they show 'seriously irresponsible or abnormally aggressive behaviour'. However, the reformed legislation would do away with that safeguard.
This paper was out for consultation until the end of March 2000, so now matter how quick you are now, you're too late.