A postal audit of practice in the South-East Thames Region of England before and after the Bournewood judgements.
There was a trebling in the rate of admission under section of elderly incapacitated patients occurred prior to the Houseof Lords' ruling. By the time of the ruling many consultants had not changed their practice. There is now, however, no impact of the ruling upon clinical practice. The majority of consultants remain concerned about the lack of safeguards for mentally incapacitated elders at the present time.
Although the Bournewood judgement was expected by some to have a permanent impact upon the management of the mentally incapacitated this has not happened. There is a need for effective and resource efficient safeguards for the mentally incapacitated to be developed.
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