At any time while a restriction order1 (or an order or direction having the same effect2) is in force in respect of a patient3, the appropriate national authority4 may, if he thinks fit, discharge the patient either absolutely or subject to conditions5. Where a person is absolutely discharged in this manner he then ceases to be liable to be detained by virtue of the relevant hospital order (or direction) and the restriction order (or direction) ceases to have effect accordingly6.
Where a patient has been conditionally discharged in
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