Mental health law

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6943.1571b (Published 11 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1571
  1. N Eastman
  1. Section of Forensic Psychiatry, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE.

    EDITOR, - Responding to my paper on mental health law,1 the National Schizophrenia Fellowship writes2 that it supports supervised discharge orders.3 The form that such orders might take, however, has now been called into question by the recommendation by the Clunis inquiry that, within the order, “if the responsible medical officer considers that the patient has failed to comply with the plan, or that the patient's mental health is deteriorating, the patient may be recalled to hospital.”4 The Department of Health's original version of the order would allow only for urgent case review with a view to re-sectioning under the …

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