To what extent can people with serious mental health problems make decisions for themselves? What does the law say regarding the accountability of people with enduring mental health problems for their own decisions? To what extent can people who have serious mental health issues make decisions in relation to their treatment, especially when that treatment may not relate to mental health matters? How does the law that provides for compulsory admission to hospital in the most serious cases connect to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 with its presumption of capacity and empowerment principles? Where exactly is the boundary between compulsory powers in mental health law and the measures that can override people’s absolute rights to autonomous decision-making in the Mental Capacity Act 2005?
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