Article about Mental Health Act was misleading

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7133.781a (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:781
  1. T H Leigh, Senior medical claims handler, Medical Defence Union
  1. 58 Walkerscroft Mead, London SE21 8LJ

    EDITOR—Barker's article about mental health and the law is muddled and, in some instances, wrong in its discussion of the Mental Health Act (1983).1 For example, the only requirement under the act with regard to medical recommendations for admission under section 2 or 3 is that one of the doctors must be approved under section 12(2). The article perpetuates the myth that one of the doctors must have prior knowledge of the patient, whereas …

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