Mental Treatment Act, 1961

Amendment of section 162 of Principal Act.

6.—(1) In subsection (1) of section 162 of the Principal Act “a” is hereby substituted for “the” where the latter word occurs before “district mental hospital” and “a registered medical practitioner (not being a registered medical practitioner disqualified in relation to such person)” is hereby substituted for “the authorised medical officer”.

(2) The following subsection is hereby added to section 162 of the Principal Act:

“(6) 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.”