The approved mental health professional and the nearest relative: detention need not be negligent, even if it is unlawful

David Hewitt (Weightmans LLP, UK)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Publication date: 12 November 2010

Abstract

A patient may be detained under section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (HM Government, 1983) only if his nearest relative does not object. Whether an objection has been made will be a question for the approved mental health professional (AMHP) concerned, but their answer will have to be a reasonable one. If the belief of the AMHP is not reasonable, a patient's section 3 admission will be unlawful. That does not mean, however, that the AMHP's conduct will necessarily be negligent, or that the patient will be entitled to damages.

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Hewitt, D. (2010), "The approved mental health professional and the nearest relative: detention need not be negligent, even if it is unlawful", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 43-45. https://doi.org/10.5042/jap.2010.0643

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