Mental Treatment Act, 1961

Amendment of section 190 of Principal Act.

19.—(1) In subsection (3) of section 190 of the Principal Act, “where the person whose reception is sought is less than sixteen years of age,” is hereby inserted after “shall” and “a registered medical practitioner (not being a registered medical practitioner disqualified in relation to the person whose reception is sought)” is hereby substituted for “the authorised medical officer”.

(2) The following subsections are hereby added to section 190 of the Principal Act:

“(4) Where a request for a recommendation for the purposes of subsection (3) of this section is made to the authorised medical officer, that officer shall examine the person in respect of whom the recommendation is requested and shall give the recommendation if he is of opinion that such person will benefit by the proposed reception.

(5) A registered medical practitioner shall, for the purposes of this section, be disqualified in relation to a person—

(a) if such practitioner is interested in the payments (if any) to be made on account of the taking care of the person,

(b) if such practitioner is the husband or wife, father, step-father or father-in-law, mother, step-mother or mother-in-law, son, step-son or son-in-law, daughter, step-daughter or daughter-in-law, brother, step-brother or brother-in-law, sister, step-sister or sister-in-law, or guardian or trustee of the person, or

(c) if such practitioner is a medical officer of a district mental hospital.”