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Nearest relative

Explains what a nearest relative is, including what powers and rights they have and how you can change your nearest relative.


If you have a mental health problem, your nearest relative will have certain powers and rights related to your care and treatment.

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The UK Government is changing the Mental Health Act.

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This information was published in November 2020. We will revise it in 2023.

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