Challenging Detention in Hospital
Being held in a hospital under section 2 or 3 of the Mental Health Act can be frightening and confusing. Our specialist Mental Health Team can advise and represent you to protect your rights and help you understand what’s happening.
Get in touch with our dedicated, compassionate Mental Health Law team now for support.
How Cartwright King can help you
Sections 2 and 3 of the Mental Health Act enable health professionals to keep you in hospital if they believe you have a mental disorder. You may have no idea why you’re being held and what your rights are if you have been detained against your wishes, which is where our Mental Health Team can step in to support you.
If you are being held in hospital, you still have rights, which include:
- Access to information about why you have been held in hospital
- Appealing to a Mental Health Tribunal to challenge your detention in hospital
- Seeking help and support from an advocate
- Meeting with hospital managers
If you are being denied any of these rights, Cartwright King’s specialist Mental Health Lawyers can work with you to ensure you can access your rights.
Benefit from a free, initial telephone conversation
If you or a loved one are being held in hospital under section 2 or 3 of the Mental Health Act, benefit from a free initial discussion with our Mental Health Law Team.
There’s no substitute for speaking to a specialist solicitor for help understanding your rights and the best course of action to take for your case.
We’re here to ensure that you’re not alone. For immediate action, call us or email us for your free* initial discussion.
The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:
- Get to know you
- Understand your situation
- Agree how you want to proceed
*Please be aware that this is a ‘get to know you’ call and no advice will be given.
Coronavirus and the Care Quality Commission
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has made changes to the Mental Health Act complaint process in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The CQC is prioritising complaints from or about people who are currently detained on an inpatient ward in hospital and aims to ‘identify ways to help support people through Mental Health Act monitoring, resulting in a quicker resolution to a complaint or concern’.
All other complaints will be reviewed, but may be paused due to coronavirus. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03000 616161 to make a complaint.