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Scotland launches a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness: A campaign that aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health problems was launched this week in Scotland. The “See Me” campaign features a programme of national advertising and a series of events designed to raise awareness of the problem. It is being run by an alliance of five organisations, including the Scottish Association for Mental Health and the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Further information is available at www.seemescotland.org
Doctors may take blood samples from unconscious drivers: For the first time UK doctors will no longer need consent before taking blood samples from unconscious or incapacitated drivers. Under provisions of the 2002 Police Reform Act, police can now ask doctors to carry out forensic tests on incapacitated drivers who have not agreed to the procedures. The BMA has issued guidelines for doctors on this issue.