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Response from Sarah Teather MP to letter concerning changes to the UK Mental Health Act

November 3, 2009

Dear Mr Mowshowitz,

Thank you for your letter raising concerns about temporary changes proposed to the Mental Health Act in relation to A swine flu outbreak, which I received on 29 September 2009.

I share your views on this matter. The Liberal Democrats would completely reject any calls for compulsory vaccination. We believe that where scientists recommend vaccination, the public should be advised to receive it, but we feel that it would be unacceptable for people to be vaccinated against their will.

I have written today to Andy Burnham, Health Secretary, to raise this issue and to ask for further clarification, and will be sure to send on to you any reply that I receive. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me again should you have further concerns.

Yours sincerely,
Sarah Teather MP

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