A guardianship order1 confers on the authority or person named in it as guardian the same powers as a guardianship application2 and the patient3 is to be treated4 as if he had been placed under guardianship on the date of the order in pursuance of such an application5. The most important distinction is that the patient's nearest relative has no power to order his discharge from guardianship6. A patient subject to a guardianship order and his nearest relative have the right to apply to the appropriate
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