Letters Detention of psychiatric patients
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards protect care homes, not patientsBMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5595 (Published 18 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5595
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- Richard Braithwaite, consultant psychiatrist1
- 1Isle of Wight NHS Trust, St Mary’s Hospital, Newport PO30 5TG, UK
Gould suggests that Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were designed to protect vulnerable patients.1 This is not so.
These “safeguards” do not allow clinicians or carers to do anything in a patient’s best interests that they could …