Mora Essay

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Mental Health Act 1983 Mental Health Act makes sure that every individual with mental difficulties is looked after, it makes sure that their treatment and care is provided in order to keep them safe. COMPULSORY ADMISSIONS Adults requiring in-patient treatment can be informally admitted of their own accord, or detained under sections 2, 3 and 4 of the MHA as it will stand after 3 November 2008: Section 2 of the 1983 MHA: Admission for assessment .An approved mental health professional (this replaces the role of the approved social worker – see below under the 2007 amendments) or nearest relative can apply for admission for assessment, which can last up to 28 days. Either party must have seen the person in the previous 14 days. The admission must be authorised by two doctors, who should both agree that: a) The patient is suffering from a mental disorder of a nature or degree that warrants detention in hospital for assessment; and b) The patient ought to be detained for his or her own health or safety, or the protection of others. The patient can be discharged by a responsible medical officer (the role is being replaced by responsible clinician – see below under the 2007 amendments), hospital managers, the nearest relative, or the Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT). Section 4 of the 1983 MHA: Admission for assessment in cases of emergency An approved mental health professional or nearest relative can apply for admission, having seen the patient in the previous 24 hours. A patient can be detained for up to 72 hours, after one doctor has confirmed that: a) The detention is of “urgent necessity”; and b) That waiting for a second doctor to approve the detention under section 2 would cause an “undesirable delay”. Section 3 of the 1983 MHA: Admission for treatment A nearest relative can apply for admission or, in cases where the nearest relative does not

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