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Mental health units: new law targets inappropriate use of force

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 07 December 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n3032
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. The BMJ

Patients in mental healthcare settings will be better protected from the inappropriate use of force through new regulations in the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018, which come into force 7 December.

The act—known as Seni’s law, after a patient who died after being forcibly restrained in 2010—sets out measures to prevent the inappropriate use of force and ensure accountability and transparency in …

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