Recent attention has been focused on divergent practices in the implementation of Section 136, problems in its practice encountered by the police, and possible means of improving the service and reducing unnecessary detention. In these studies, doubts have been raised about the justness of the section, both in principle and in practice, and about the efficiency and efficacy of its implementation. In the context of the closure of the large psychiatric institutions it seems probable that these issues will become increasingly acute. The purpose of our brief study was therefore to investigate the trends of admissions to Friern Hospital, not only of patients under Section 136, but of all patients accompanied by the police.
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