Ministry of Public Security: Police Approval Required to Admit “Normal” People to Mental Hospitals

The following news item is from China Police Net. The news is entitled: Mental Hospitals Cannot Admit Normal People Without Police Approval.

Excerpts translated by CDT:

Reporting from Wuhan, May 27, 2010. Reporter Qin Qianqiao

Between May 26 and May 27, the Ministry of Public Security held a meeting on mental hospitals[ankang yiyuan 安康医院] nationwide. The meeting concluded that hospitals with adequate conditions should center their work around: “interfering ahead of an incident, handling during an incident, admitting patients after an incident, and following up with management.”

According to information, since 1998, mental hospitals nationwide have admitted mental patients who caused accidents 40,000 times. Among these 30% caused serious accidents.

[...] The meeting emphasized: Monitoring mechanisms must be established for mental hospitals. They must resolutely prevent the giving of private favors during legal validation procedures. In the process of admitting mental patients, special attention must be paid to the gate-keeping of admission procedures and objects of treatment. Without checking and agreement from agencies of Public Security, [mental hospitals] must not admit anyone who is not a mental patient.

This news article has been posted on over 1,900 Chinese websites, including national news portals such as sina.com.cn. However, at the time CDT is posting this, most of those webpages within China are quickly disappearing, and many links on Google search are showing error messages.

See also “Video: Chinese Dissidents Committed to Mental Hospitals” via CDT.