Abolish Leucotomy/Lobotomy Operations in the UK
Leucotomy/Lobotomy Operations have been outlawed in much of Europe and few have been performed in the UK since 1999. There is no scientific basis for their continuation; they are barbaric and an embarrassment to the medical profession and have been rebranded as NSMD Neurosurgery for Mental Disorder. The operation involves the destruction of healthy brain tissue to address such mental distress as depression, anxiety and more recently and of great concern, obsessive compulsive disorder. I would like to see the operation outlawed in the Uk, giving greater preference to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the only talking therapy with empirical research to prove its efficacy. MIND, the Mental Health Charity, have been campaigning for some years for leucotomy/lobotomy operations to be outlawed.
Why does this idea matter?
This is a barbaric procedure that legally can still be carried out without patient consent in certain circumstances. It reflects a gross infringement of civil liberties of those most vulnerable in our society. Patients have suffered severe and permanent side effects such as epilepsy and there have been numerous fatalities as a result of this operation being botched.