Involuntary Hospital Admission Under Section 47 of the National Assistance Act
Lancet. 1987 Aug 15; 2(8555): 406.
Brahams recounts a recent case in which a community physician applied under Britain's National Assistance Act to have an aged, physically handicapped patient involuntarily detained in hospital for care. The woman was mentally competent but had difficulty in caring for herself, and her health had deteriorated on several occasions after disputes with visiting nurses. Her consultant geriatrician and the patient argued for home care with assistance from district services, while district services argued for "prophylactic" involuntary hospital admission based on the patient's history. The magistrates decided in the patient's favor, but Brahams warns that the outcome might have been different had the latter not been supported by her consultant and a solicitor. She cautions that the National Assistance Act could be misused to hospitalize patients for administrative convenience, while valid candidates for care are neglected. (KIE abstract)
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Hobson, Sarah Jane (1998-02)Orders for removal under Section 47 of the 1948 National Assistance Act are little discussed. However, they involve severe infringements of the civil liberties of those affected. It is argued that all previously ...