Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Certification of Mental Patients.

asked the Minister for Health if he will authorise private medical practitioners to certify mental patients for admission to public institutions.

Legislation would be necessary to give effect to this proposal in the case of chargeable patients. Proposals for the amendment of the Mental Treatment Acts are at present under consideration in my Department. It is proposed to extend to medical practitioners generally the power to make a recommendation or sign a certificate for the reception of a person as a chargeable patient in a district mental hospital.