Letters Crisis in mental health

Are mental health tribunals only a nominal challenge?

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1836 (Published 11 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1836
  1. Paul Gosney, ST5 GA psychiatry1,
  2. Paul Lomax, ST6 GA/OA psychiatry1,
  3. Aileen O’Brien, reader in psychiatry and education2
  1. 1South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, London SW17 7DJ, UK
  2. 2St George’s University of London, London SW17 0RE
  1. paul.gosney{at}gmail.com

We read with interest Wise’s article regarding the rise in detentions under the Mental Health Act (MHA), outlining the obvious human rights concerns.1

What happens to people detained under the MHA once they enter hospital is rarely discussed. Their legal rights are protected by the Mental Health Review Tribunal system.

We examined the outcomes of patients …

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