THE NATIONAL Executive Council has endorsed the tabling of a new mental health bill and amendments to the public health bill and criminal code bill.

“In the course of drafting the Mental Health Bill 2014, the first legislative council realised that there would need to be consequential amendments to the Criminal Code Act and the Public Health Act to be done separately,” Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said.

Mr O’Neill said the state solicitor had issued a certificate of compliance for the enactment of the Mental Health Bill 2014 and the consequential amendments to chapter 226 of the Public Health Act and chapter 262 of the Criminal Code Act.

“This is the reason for the inclusion of the consequential amendments in this submission for the cabinet’s approval of tabling the principal bill and the consequential amendments together in the next session of Parliament,” he said.