Letters Detention of psychiatric patients

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards protect care homes, not patients

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5595 (Published 18 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5595
  1. Richard Braithwaite, consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1Isle of Wight NHS Trust, St Mary’s Hospital, Newport PO30 5TG, UK
  1. richard.braithwaite{at}iow.nhs.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 …

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