If you are set to be transferred from prison to hospital under section 47 or section 47 and 49 of the Mental Act 1983, you still have rights – even though you’re a serving convicted prisoner. You can turn to Cartwright King for advice on your rights or appealing a prison transfer.
For advice on what this means for your future, get in touch with our Mental Health Law team now.
How Cartwright King Can Help You
Section 47 of the Mental Health Act allows for your transfer from prison to hospital if two doctors recommend treatment in hospital is needed. You may have no idea why you’re being transferred and what your rights are, which is where our Mental Health Team can step in to support you.
If you are being transferred from prison, you have rights once you are in hospital, which include:
- Access to information about why you are being held in hospital
- Access to information about consent to treatment
- Appealing to a Mental Health Tribunal to challenge your section
- 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 will work with you to ensure that your rights are upheld.
Benefit from a Free, Initial Telephone Conversation
If you or a loved one is being held in hospital under section 47 or 49 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.