In addition, it provides safeguards for the undertaking of psychosurgery and the surgical implantation of hormones for the suppression of male sexual drive, where they can be categorised as medical treatments for mental disorder. These apply to any patient for whom they are proposed. The commission administers all these safeguards.
As the law stands, the only time the commission would be statutorily entitled to become involved in any proposal to undertake surgical castration would be in the unlikely event that such a procedure was proposed for a patient detained under the act; and even then such involvement would arise from the commission's general obligations to protect detained patients and not because the act contains any safeguard about this specific procedure in relation to detained patients.
Mental Health Act Commission
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