Notes to editors
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3. The draft Mental Health Bill 2004 introduces community-based treatment orders in England and Wales. A community-based treatment order requires a patient to comply with a set of conditions, such as taking their medication, while allowing them to live in the community as a less restrictive alternative to hospital. These orders are particularly targeted at “revolving door” patients, who tend to have difficulty engaging with mental health services and taking their medication, leading to an exacerbation of their mental health problems and repeated hospital admissions. The draft Bill would allow tribunals to authorise treatment through an order which would specify whether the patient should be treated in hospital or treated in the community.
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