Wednesday 21 August 2019

CorkHi14°| Lo

Cork Independent

News

Protest against ECT to be held

Wednesday, 8th May, 2019 4:52pm

A call for a total ban on the psychiatric practice of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) will be made at a public protest in Cork this Saturday.

The demonstration is organised by MindFreedom Ireland, a Cork based psychiatric survivor group opposed to ECT and forced medical practices.

ECT involves passing an electric current through the brain, sufficient to deliberately induce a grand-mal seizure. The patient is anaesthetised during the procedure.

MindFreedom Ireland say the practice is traumatic, inhumane and outdated. They say it can cause brain damage, confusion and permanent memory loss, leaving people feeling somehow incomplete.

There are 66 centres in Ireland that are approved to use ECT, of which 43 do not use it. Two European countries, Slovenia and Luxembourg, exercise a total ban.

Figures from the Mental Health Commission show that 263 people received ECT treatment in 2016. 79 per cent of them received one programme, 16 per cent received two programmes and five per cent received five or more programmes.

Following the implementation of the 2015 Mental Health Act, ECT can only be administered to a patient without consent where it has been determined that the patient is unable to give consent to the treatment, with the approval of two psychiatrists.

The Cork protest is being held in conjunction with similar protests around the world and takes place on Saturday 11 May at 2pm outside Bishop Lucey Park, Grand Parade.

ePaper Service

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8
Desktop, Tablet & Smartphone friendly
Cookies on Cork Independent website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Cork Independent website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
How does Cork Independent use cookies?
Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
We don't sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
Hide Message