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Holding powers in A&E departments: A cause for concern

  • K. R. Nicholls (a1)
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The Mental Health Act as an instrument of statute law is unable to address practicalities of caring for mentally disturbed persons who are awaiting formal detention. The common law relevant to this area is ill-defined and depends on interpretation of precedent. The resulting confusion and consequent problems will become more apparent with the advancement of community care, and is a matter which warrants urgent review.

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  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Holding powers in A&E departments: A cause for concern

  • K. R. Nicholls (a1)
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