Low appeal rate may reflect trust in doctors' judgment

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6988.1196b (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1196
  1. Tom Burns,
  2. Frances Raphael

    EDITOR,—Caroline Bradley and colleagues conclude that too few patients appeal against detention under section 2 of the Mental Health Act and that this would be improved if patients were fully informed of their rights.1 Our experience in Springfield Hospital does not confirm this. An advice and legal representation project has existed at the hospital since 1982.2 As the table shows, the rate of appeal against detention under section 2 (15%) is lower than that reported in Oxford. Understanding why most …

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