Electronic tagging of mental health patients: the UK, ahead of us on this one

Good lord, read about it here, the NHS government website. Cut and pasted below in full as this is news that belongs in the public domain. If you don’t automatically think “civil and human right violation” there is something wrong with you.

South London and Maudsley Hospital is trialling tracking of mental health patients. The tracker system involves fitting patients with a steel ankle strap linked to a GPS tracking system that can then monitor the location of the person.

In response, a Department of Health spokesperson said;

‘This is a locally led initiative, not a national pilot.

“Patient rehabilitation into a community is an important part of recovery, but it relies on good risk assessment, trust between the patient and the service and patient responsibility. There can be no substitute for staff knowledge of patients to properly assess risk and to make the right decisions to ensure safety”.

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