Changes to mental health law approved in Bahrain

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MPs claimed the method was primitive and should be stopped.

However, the representative of the Ministry of Health, Dr Eman Haji, said that Bahrain follows certain specific protocols if necessary.

“The therapy is performed using sophisticated equipment and strict protocols are followed when administering the procedure by consent.”

MP Dr Masooma Abdulrahim, a former psychiatrist, said the therapy was only used in cases where a patient refused oral medication.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Waleed Al Manea, said general psychiatric treatment requires the consent or authorization of the patient, his relatives or the public prosecutor.

MPs are expected to continue debating other amendments next month.

President Fouzia Zainal wanted to postpone the entire debate after Services Committee Chairman Ahmed Al Ansari asked to be excused on medical grounds and Vice President Ammar Al Mukhtar tested positive for Covid-19 .

However, other members of the committee said they could provide the necessary comments.

Meanwhile, MPs approved all amendments to the Civil Aviation Act 2013 regulating the use of drones and the Environment Act 2019 with tougher penalties for offenders and sent it back. to His Majesty King Hamad for ratification.

MPs also rejected amendments to the National Audit Office (NAO) Act 2002.

The issue was debated in 2020 but a stalemate forced a vote until the last legislature of the four-year parliamentary term.

The NAO told MPs that it was not preferable to bring union federations under its control as they received no funds from state coffers.

Bahrain’s two trade union federations also opposed the move, saying it contradicts their financial and administrative independence.

Parliament and Shura Council Affairs Minister Ghanim Al Buainain, who is politically responsible for the Civil Service Commission, told MPs, in writing, that 7,356 expatriates were employed on temporary contracts in the sector. public.

They have obtained jobs in the health, education and higher education sectors at the request of relevant government departments and agencies.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Aymen Almoayed, answered two questions, on the construction of a sports ground in the eighth district of the governorate of the capital (Nabih Saleh and the northern part of Sitra); and on projects in the eighth district of the governorate of Muharraq (Hidd).

Parliament’s session ended early yesterday as not enough MPs showed up after a 30-minute recess authorized by Ms Zainal.

Only 20 MPs showed up after the break, the required quorum being 21 MPs out of 40.

More than 20 sessions have ended prematurely since December 2018.

A memorandum issued Monday by the secretary general of parliament, Rashid Bunamja, says MPs must submit written requests to leave the session and give reasons.

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