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MENTAL HEALTH ACT 2016 - SECT 236

Performance of electroconvulsive therapy with consent or tribunal approval

236 Performance of electroconvulsive therapy with consent or tribunal approval

(1) A doctor for an authorised mental health service may perform electroconvulsive therapy on a patient in the authorised mental health service if—
(a) the patient is an adult and has given informed consent to the treatment; or
(b) the patient is an adult, who is unable to give informed consent to the treatment, and the tribunal has approved under section 509 the performance of the therapy on the adult; or
(c) the patient is a minor and the tribunal has approved under section 509 the performance of the therapy on the minor.
(2) If a doctor makes an application under section 507 to the tribunal for approval to perform the therapy on the patient, the doctor must, as soon as practicable after the application is made and to the extent practicable—
(a) tell the patient the application has been made; and
(b) explain the application to the patient.



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