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Psychiatric Hospital Patients

Volume 886: debated on Wednesday 19 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will consider changing the wording on the form issued in psychiatric hospitals informing patients of a change in status, when they are regraded from being a formal to an informal patient, so that the patient clearly understands that he is free to leave from the date of signing and that he may, if he so desires, continue to receive treatment as an informal or voluntary patient.

No. The text of the form was decided last year after careful consideration.