Rights of the "nearest relative" under the Mental Health Act 1983

Author:
CARE QUALITY COMMISSION
Publisher:
Care Quality Commission
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
5p.
Place of publication:
London

Under Section 26 of the Mental Health Act 1983, the Nearest Relative of a patient has specific rights with regard to the treatment of that patient.  This guidance note is designed to provide service users, carers and relatives with basic information on: the identification of Nearest Relatives under the Act; what to do if the identified person does not want to be involved as the Nearest Relative; the rights of the Nearest Relative; and the rights of other relatives.

Subject terms:
mental health law, hospital admission, psychiatric care, relatives, severe mental health problems, compulsory detention;
Content type:
practice guidance
Location(s):
England
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