If you are a GP and you have concerns over a patient’s mental health.
What is the appropriate approach to raise this with the local authorities e.g. mental health teams about getting the patient assessed and possibly sectioned?
Would it be advisable to first communicate with the patient to make them aware of my concerns and what I feel might be suitable for them, or to get in touch with the local teams without the patient knowing?
If the patient can clearly understand what I am explaining to them about my concerns, but they still disagree with my opinion. Does the GP still have any powers to override their view and get the patient assessed?