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Court upholds force feeding for mental illness

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6968.1531a (Published 10 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1531
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ.

    The British Court of Appeal last week upheld the decision of a High Court judge to allow a psychiatric patient detained under the Mental Health Act to be fed through a nasogastric tube against her will. The ruling, which may go on appeal to the House of Lords, confirms that force feeding can count as medical treatment for a mental disorder. Such treatment may be imposed on patients compulsorily detained under the act.

    Lords Justices Hoffmann, Neill, and Henry dismissed an appeal by …

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