Letters

Managers should review patients who do not appeal

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6988.1196 (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1196
  1. Gordon Langley
  1. Consultant psychiatrist Kenton, Exeter EX6 8LR

    EDITOR,—If authors comment on the law they should cite it correctly. Section 2 (2)(b) of the Mental Health Act 1983 and section 72 (1)(a)(ii), as used by tribunals, both state “health or safety, or … etc” and not, as Caroline Bradley and colleagues say,1 “health and safety, or … etc”; this is a considerable difference. The first reason given by the authors for the low rates of appeal against detention is that patients are content to remain in hospital. If that is so, it is said, they …

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