Power to recall to hospital
[17E.—(1) The responsible clinician may recall a community patient to hospital if in his opinion—
- (a) the patient requires medical treatment in hospital for his mental disorder; and
- (b) there would be a risk of harm to the health or safety of the patient or to other persons if the patient were not recalled to hospital for that purpose.
(2) The responsible clinician may also recall a community patient to hospital if the patient fails to comply with a condition specified under section 17B(3) above.
(3) The hospital to which a patient is recalled need not be the responsible hospital.
(4) Nothing in this section prevents a patient from being recalled to a hospital even though he is already in the hospital at the time when the power of recall is exercised; references to recalling him shall be construed accordingly.
(5) The power of recall under subsections (1) and (2) above shall be exercisable by notice in writing to the patient.
(6) A notice under this section recalling a patient to hospital shall be sufficient authority for the managers of that hospital to detain the patient there in accordance with the provisions of this Act.]