Samanta & Samanta: Medical Law Concentrate 2e
Chapter 8: Key facts checklists
- A mental disorder is any disorder or disability of the mind.
- Mental health law deals with the civil aspects of detention and treatment of those with a mental health disorder.
- Compulsory admission and compulsory treatment may be used if patients pose threats to themselves, to others, or if this is the only way to ensure that they receive treatment.
- Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights protects rights to liberty and challenges to compulsory admission.
- An ‘informal’ patient is a person with a mental health disorder who does not resist hospital admission for treatment. Most patients with mental health disorders are treated as informal patients.
- The Mental Health Act 2007 has amended the Mental Health Act 1983.
- The Code of Practice (2015) provides guidance on the interpretation of the Mental Health Act 1983.