Stimulated by another topic I searched to understand what a joint medical recommendation was and came upon this in the GP notebook relating to section 2
The medical recommendations must agree that the detention is in the interests of the patient’s own safety, or the safety of others, or the patient is suffering from mental disorder of a nature or degree which warrants detention for assessment, or assessment followed by treatment, at least for a limited period.
As far as I can understand our previous discussions about the interpretation of the MHA this contradicts what the Act requires which is both the disorder and risk. No wonder doctors seem confused. Any comments?
This leads into my concern that from searching the net about doctors’ assumptions of a general duty regarding trying to prevent suicide there is a strand that seems to consider they do have such a duty. As far as I can see their only duty is to try to prevent suicide for people that have a mental disorder or signs and symptoms of sufficient weight to make it clear they have a mental disorder.