MHA 1983 s19
This section allows the transfer of patients between hospitals.
Change made by Mental Health Act 2007
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- R (P) v Mersey Care NHS Trust  EWHC 994 (Admin) — A Tribunal recommendation for transfer from high to medium security is an important input but is not determinative; the decision whether to use the s17 (leave) and s19 (transfer) powers is for the RC and hospital managers, subject to the consent of the Secretary of State; on the facts, the Article 8 interference was justified and a decision not to transfer was properly open to them.
[The chapter/paragraph numbers which appear below (if any) refer to the 2008 versions of the Code of Practice and Reference Guide.]
- Reference Guide to the Mental Health Act 1983, 13. Transfer of patients between hospitals in England and Wales, 19. Guardianship and guardianship orders — chapter 13 (detention), 19.134 to 19.139 (guardianship)
- Mental Health Act 1983 Code Of Practice for England, 30. Functions of hospital managers
Regulations as to transfer of patients
19.—(1) In such circumstances and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State—
- (a) a patient who is for the time being liable to be detained in a hospital by virtue of an application under this Part of this Act may be transferred to another hospital or into the guardianship of a local social services authority or of any person approved by such an authority;
- (b) a patient who is for the time being subject to the guardianship of a local social services authority or other person by virtue of an application under this Part of this Act may be transferred into the guardianship of another local social services authority or person, or be transferred to a hospital.
(2) Where a patient is transferred in pursuance of regulations under this section, the provisions of this Part of this Act (including this subsection) shall apply to him as follows, that is to say—
- (a) in the case of a patient who is liable to be detained in a hospital by virtue of an application for admission for assessment or for treatment and is transferred to another hospital, as if the application were an application for admission to that other hospital and as if the patient had been admitted to that other hospital at the time when he was originally admitted in pursuance of the application;
- (b) in the case of a patient who is liable to be detained in a hospital by virtue of such an application and is transferred into guardianship, as if the application were a guardianship application duly accepted at the said time;
- (c) in the case of a patient who is subject to guardianship by virtue of a guardianship application and is transferred into the guardianship of another authority or person, as if the application were for his reception into the guardianship of that authority or person and had been accepted at the time when it was originally accepted;
- (d) in the case of a patient who is subject to guardianship by virtue of a guardianship application and is transferred to a hospital, as if the guardianship application were an application for admission to that hospital for treatment and as if the patient had been admitted to the hospital at the time when the application was originally accepted.
(3) Without prejudice to subsections (1) and (2) above, any patient, who is for the time being liable to be detained under this Part of this Act in a hospital vested in the Secretary of State for the purposes of his functions under the [National Health Service Act 2006, in a hospital vested in the Welsh Ministers for the purposes of their functions under the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006, in any accommodation used under either of those Acts] by the managers of such a hospital [or in a hospital vested in a National Health Service trust][, [NHS foundation trust or]] [, Local Health Board] [...], may at any time be removed to any other such hospital or accommodation [which is managed by the managers of, or is vested in the National Health Service trust[, [NHS foundation trust or]] [, Local Health Board] [...] for, the first-mentioned hospital]; and paragraph (a) of subsection (2) above shall apply in relation to a patient so removed as it applies in relation to a patient transferred in pursuance of regulations made under this section.
(4) Regulations made under this section may make provision for regulating the conveyance to their destination of patients authorised to be transferred or removed in pursuance of the regulations or under subsection (3) above.
- National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Act 2006 wef 1/3/07
- NHS and Community Care Act 1990
- Health and Social Care Act 2012 Sch 5 para 25; Health and Social Care Act 2012 (Commencement No.4, Transitional, Savings and Transitory Provisions) Order 2013 wef 1/4/13
- Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003
- Mental Health Act 2007; Mental Health Act 2007 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2007 wef 1/10/07