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Medical LawText, Cases, and Materials

Medical Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (5th edn)

Emily Jackson
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date: 21 March 2023

p. 3517. Mental Health Lawlocked

p. 3517. Mental Health Lawlocked

  • Emily JacksonEmily JacksonProfessor of Law, London School of Economics


All books in this flagship series contain carefully selected substantial extracts from key cases, legislation, and academic debate, providing able students with a stand-alone resource. This chapter discusses mental health law in the UK. It begins with a brief history of mental health law and policy. This is followed by discussions of: admission to the mental health system; treatment of the mentally ill under the Mental Health Act 1983; Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and Cheshire West, and Community Treatment Orders. It also 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. It also considers the conclusions of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983.

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