Mental Health Act Commission and the Code of Practice
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1983 Oct 29; 287(6401): 1318-1319.
Rohde, a British consultant psychiatrist, expresses his concern over the 1983 Mental Health Act's failure to clarify several areas of patient care. The Act and its accompanying memorandum makes it unclear whether staff have the right to continue to treat patients committed on a short term emergency basis once the initial crisis is past and the patient refuses further treatment. Other problems with the Act involve the nomination of deputies to oversee treatment in the absence of the primary physician, and the enforcement of treatment outside the hospital. Rohde hopes that these and other issues will be dealt with in a code of practice forthcoming from the Minister of Health. (KIE abstract)
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