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Why do so few patients appeal against detention under section 2 of the Mental Health Act?

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6988.1195c (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1195

Rate of appeal may be higher elsewhere

  1. P C Naik,
  2. L Klenka
  1. Consultant psychiatrist Senior house officer Mental Health Services, Bruce Burns Centre, Solihull Hospital, Solihull B91 2JL.

    EDITOR,—Caroline Bradley and colleagues conclude that if patients were fully informed of their rights they would be more likely to appeal against detention under section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983: they found that 104 of 384 subjects appealed.1 We carried out an audit of subjects detained under section 2 at Hollymoor Hospital, Birmingham, between August 1992 and July 1994. The hospital served a population of 350 000. Altogether 255 patients had been detained …

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