A patient that falls within certain provisions1 of the Mental Health Act 1983 may be given treatment for the medical condition from which he is suffering by or under the direction of the approved clinician in charge of the treatment without the consent of the patient2. However certain procedures such as surgery destroying brain tissue or destroying the functioning of brain tissue must be consented to3. Electro-convulsive therapy also generally requires consent but may be given without consent under specified circumstances and where a patient is not capable of understanding the nature, purpose and effects of the treatment and
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