informal patient

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A patient who is admitted to a hospital for treatment of a mental disorder on a voluntary rather than compulsory basis under section 131 of the Mental Health Act. A non-voluntary informal patient is one who lacks the capacity to consent to admission, but does not object to admission. Such patients fall into the so-called Bournewood gap and are now protected by the provisions of the amended Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Subjects: Law.

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