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Guardianship – a case for wider use

  • R. L. Symonds (a1)
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Few psychiatrists have had much experience of guardianship (Section 7, Mental Health Act, 1983). The two cases described have been successful and suggest wider use of this section. It seems apposite in view of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' advice on discharge of patients from hospital, and discussion on a community treatment order; the continuing drive to community care, as codified in the ‘Care Programme Approach’; and the need in the future to treat increasingly disturbed individuals in the community as envisaged in the Reed report.

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Barnes, M., Bowle, R. & Fisher, M. (1990) Sectioned: Social Services and the 1983 Mental Health Act. pp. 96101. Routledge.
Fennel, P. (1992) Balancing care and control: guardianship, community treatment orders and patient safeguards. International Journal of Law and Society, 15, 205235.
Grant, W. (1992) Guardianship Orders – a review of their use under the 1983 Mental Health Act. Medicine, Science and the Law, 32, 319324.
Wattis, J. P., Grant, W., Traynor, J. & Harris, S. (1990) Use of guardianship under the 1983 Mental Health Act. Medicine, Science and the Law, 30, 313316.
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Guardianship – a case for wider use

  • R. L. Symonds (a1)
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