Monday, 28 December 2009

China, why bother with psychiatry?

copy of email to David Miliband

Dear Mr Miliband

Doubtless you are currently bombarded with emails regarding the plight of Mr Shaikh. In any case without repeating what countless others will have said, I will just add that to support Mr Shaikh is merely to support the view that mentally ill offenders should be offered thorough psychiatric assessment before any penalty, especially one as harsh as death, can justly be legally applied - which is the common sense view, and the view of our own legal systems. China, if allowed to proceed with this simplistic action-reaction judicial process without a fair multiaxial assessment are basically setting the medico-legal clock back a hundred years.

Dr Shahzad Alikhan MBBS MA (Cantab)

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