A nearest relative is a legal role whereby you can request the discharge of an individual who is detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act (MHA) 1983. A nearest relative is considered to be the first living person on a list of designated relatives outlined in the MHA.
If you are the nearest relative of a person detained in hospital under the MHA, Cartwright King’s dedicated Mental Health Law Team can advise you on how to request a patient’s discharge or prevent a person’s admission into hospital.
For practical, pro-active advice, get in touch with our specialist Mental Health Lawyers now.
How Cartwright King Can Help You
Applying for a person to be discharged or preventing an admission into hospital requires a legal touch to ensure the best possible outcome. We can help you:
- Draft ‘request to discharge’ letters
- Challenge a hospital admissions application submitted by an approved mental health professional
Benefit from a Free, Initial Telephone Conversation
If a loved one is being held in hospital and you’re the nearest relative, 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 email@example.com or call 03000 616161 to make a complaint.