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Court says video assessments unlawful

On 22 January 2021, the court handed down judgement in the case of Devon Partnership NHS Trust v S of S for HSC [2021] EWHC 101. This case has potentially wide ramifications where patients have been detained under the Mental Health…

White Paper on reform of mental health law

Back in October 2017 the then Prime Minister Theresa May announced a review of the Mental Health Act chaired by Prof Simon Wessely. That review reported in December 2018 and the Queen’s speech in 2020 reiterated the Government’s commitment to…

Major Reform of the Mental Health Act

The White Paper ‘Reforming the Mental Health Act’ as promised by the Government was published today. Announcing its launch, the press release confirms that the White Paper sets out the path towards the Government’s commitment to introduce the first new…

Hospital bed possession during Covid-19

Injunctive relief will be granted to remove a patient from a hospital ward when their licence to occupy has been terminated, despite the current stay on possession proceedings. The recent case of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v…