Explains your rights to consent to (or refuse) treatment, including what 'consent' means, when you can be treated without your consent, and how to make a complaint.
If you have a mental health problem, your doctor may suggest certain kinds of treatment for you. In most situations, a healthcare professional can’t lawfully treat you unless you agree to that treatment.
Health professionals must act in your best interests before taking certain steps that affect your care and treatment.
See our pages on the Mental Capacity Act for more information.See our full list of legal terms.
This information was published in March 2018. We will revise it in 2020.
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