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Hundreds of Irish people are still undergoing electro-shock therapy
Critics say it is “outdated”, but medical professionals say it works.
'Worrying' jump in electroshock without consent and with physical restraint of mental health patients
Seclusion increased for the first time in six years, while the use of physical restraint increased by 8% in 2013 compared to 2012.
'Lax' response by Cavan hospital to electro-shock blunder
An inspection found a patient was not given the proper muscle relaxant before being shocked.
Electroshock still used without consent despite promises
The expert group are due to give their report to the minister soon.
Calls to end electroshock therapy, it can be carried out on people "unwilling or unable" to consent
In 2011, 25 out of 332 programmes of ECT were given to patients who were either unwilling or unable to give consent to the treatment.
The ‘defacto detained’: How voluntary patients can be held without review
Under the current Mental Health Act, while involuntary patients are entitled to a have their detention reviewed by a mental health tribunal, voluntary patients are not afforded the same rights.
Minister Lynch: ‘Unwilling’ patients no longer to receive electric shock therapy
Patients who refuse to give their consent will no longer be forced to have the controversial treatment under new laws.
Concerns over use of electroshock therapy on non-consenting patients
A patient must consent to the treatment, but if they decide against it a decision can be overridden by two psychiatrists.
347 psychiatric patients received electro-shock therapy in 2010
A debate is raging over whether patients should ever be given ECT against their wishes
Call for changes in use of electro-convulsive therapy
The Mental Health Commission has criticised the use of electro-convulsive therapy on patients who are unwilling or unable to give consent.
Electro-shock therapy defended by psychiatric group
But health campaigner says its time treatment was banned without a patient’s clear consent.