Liberty safeguards in hospitalBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2430 (Published 15 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2430
- Nitin Gupta, consultant psychiatrist1
- 1South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Margaret Stanhope Centre, Burton on Trent DE13 0RB
The interplay of deprivation of liberty safeguards and the Mental Capacity Act is probably most complex in general hospitals.1 People with delirium, dementia, or severe aphasia or who are in coma will lack the capacity to consent to admission or prolonged stay because of their underlying cognitive state.2 Delirium and other neuropsychiatric …
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