Published: 30/05/2002, Volume II2, No. 5807 Page 8

Mental health patients do not get enough information and choice about their medication and its side effects, leading to two-thirds of them stopping taking it or reducing the dose, mental health charity Mind has said.Now Mind has launched a prescribing protocol aimed at GPs, stressing that both patients and doctors have rights as well as responsibilities if treatment is to be effective.

Copies available from action@mind. org. uk