Over many years and with various pieces of new legislation there are significant gaps in doctors' knowledge about mental health law. It is time to ensure that doctors know the law and can apply it to the patients they see. Practising legally and not detaining or allowing people to leave hospital inappropriately should be a mandatory part of training for every doctor no matter what the specialty. Medical schools, deaneries, training programme directors and the General Medical Council should take up the challenge and ensure good-quality training for all doctors to ensure good-quality care in this area is given to all patients.
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