Authors' reply

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6988.1197a (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1197
  1. Max Marshall,
  2. Caroline Bradley,
  3. Dennis Gath
  1. Wellcome health services research fellow Wellcome research registrar Clinical reader Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University, Warneford Hospital, Oxford OX3 7JX

    EDITOR,—Our reported rate of appeal against detention (27%) is much closer to the national rate (roughly 25%1) than that of P C Naik and L Klenka. This is because our findings were based on data from nine hospitals.

    Gordon Langley raises four questions: whether our citation of the Mental Health Act is accurate; whether patients are too confused to appeal; how far the code of practice is being applied; and whether the parallel …

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