The provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 requiring consent and a second opinion1 apply to all patients whether detained or not or subject to a community treatment order2, and concern the following forms of treatment3 for mental disorder4: (1) surgical operations for destroying brain tissue or for destroying the functioning of brain tissue5; and (2) the surgical implantation of hormones for the purpose of reducing male sexual drive6.
Except in cases of urgency7, a patient8 must not be given such treatment unless: (a) he has consented to it
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