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Medical LawText, Cases, and Materials

Medical Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (6th edn)

Emily Jackson
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date: 03 October 2023

p. 3717. Mental Health Lawlocked

p. 3717. Mental Health Lawlocked

  • Emily JacksonEmily JacksonProfessor of Law, London School of Economics


This chapter begins with a brief history of mental health law and policy. It then covers admission to the mental health system and treatment of the mentally ill under the Mental Health Act 1983; Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), and Community Treatment Orders. It looks at the implications of the Human Rights Act and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) for mental health law, and considers the government’s proposals for reform.

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