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UK mental health legislation 

UK mental health legislation
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UK mental health legislation
Author(s):

Patrick Callaghan

, Patricia McBride

, Patrick Callaghan

, Patrick Callaghan

, Patrick Callaghan

, Patrick Callaghan

, Patrick Callaghan

, Patrick Callaghan

, Patrick Callaghan

, Patrick Callaghan

, Patricia McBride

, Patrick Callaghan

, and Patrick Callaghan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198703853.003.0008
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date: 09 May 2021

Mental health legislation is enacted in most countries where mental health issues are evident, its purpose being to regulate mental health practice where deprivation of liberty and breaches of universal statutes of human rights are required. This chapter discusses mental health legislation in the devolved countries of the UK, in particular the Mental Health Acts in England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and the Mental Capacity Act in England and Wales. The key sections of each act are described, together with their application to practice, the regulations that govern the practice of each act, and the respective codes of practice that are recommendations for good practice of each act.

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