Although most patients are dealt with informally, a small number are not. The current legislation is the 1983 Mental Health Act, where under Sections 2, 3 and 4 patients may be compulsorily admitted to a mental hospital. The Mental Health (Patients in the Community) Act 1995 (referred to hereafter as the 1995 Act) allows patients to be placed under supervision while in the community. Compulsory powers exist elsewhere, for example under the National Assistance Act 1948, where persons suffering from grave chronic disease, or being aged, or physically incapacitated and living in unsanitary conditions can be removed from home. It is to patients under the 1983 Act, however, that this chapter is dedicated.
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