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Compulsory Treatment in the Community: Is it Authorized under the Mental Health Act 1983?

  • Peter Rohde (a1)
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The Mental Health Act 1983 stimulated discussion on all aspects of compulsion in psychiatry. It has been the practice at St. Mary Abbots Hospital to use the powers granted by Section 39 of the 1959 Act and Section 17 of the 1983 Act as a means of compelling a small number of seriously ill patients to take medicines in the community, and I described this practice briefly in a recent article.

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Compulsory Treatment in the Community: Is it Authorized under the Mental Health Act 1983?

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