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High rate of Section 4 admissions: clinical implications and possible explanation

  • Basant K. Puri (a1) and Donald F. Bermingham (a2)
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The Mental Health Commissioners recommend that whenever possible two doctors should be involved in the decision to admit a patient to hospital under the Mental Health Act (1983). That is, Sections 2 and 3 of the Act should always be used in preference to Section 4, where only one doctor is required. It further recommends that the use of Section 4 should be confined to emergencies when it is only possible to secure the attendance of one doctor.

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Fahy, T. A., Bermingham, D. & Dunn, J. (1987) Police admissions to psychiatric hospitals: a challenge to community psychiatry? Medicine, Science and the Law, 4, 263268.
Webster, L., Dean, C. & Kessel, N. (1987) Effects of the 1983 Mental Health Act on the management of psychiatric patients. British Medical Journal, 295, 15291532.
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High rate of Section 4 admissions: clinical implications and possible explanation

  • Basant K. Puri (a1) and Donald F. Bermingham (a2)
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