Proceedings for False Imprisonment and Negligence Under 1959 Mental Health Act
Lancet. 1983 Aug 20; 2(8347): 466.
An account is presented of a legal action in which two physicians were charged with negligence and failure to use reasonable care in involuntarily committing a patient without examining him as required by Britain's 1959 Mental Health Act. The court found that the plaintiff had substantial ground for charging lack of reasonable care as required under the Act. Patient difficulties in charging noncompliance with the Act should be eased by 1983 amendments which have removed the terms "substantial ground" and "bad faith" from its stipulations. (KIE abstract)
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