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by Dr Guy Brookes,
Dr Tim Branton and Dr Nick Brindle
Last updated: April 2017
The presence of specific safeguards within the MHA 1983
provides an important counterbalance to the extensive powers that
are inherent in the Act.
Their effectiveness relies on
professionals being both aware of the safeguards themselves and
their responsibility to notify patients and Nearest Relatives of
their rights under the Act.
This module considers some of the main
safeguards specific to the Mental Health Act 1983 and its use
The module covers:
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