Hospital had human rights duty to protect voluntary patient from suicide, rules Supreme Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 8th, 2012 in damages, hospitals, human rights, mental health, news, suicide by sally

“The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that a mental health hospital had an ‘operational’ obligation under article 2 of the European Court of Human Rights (the right to life) to protect a voluntary patient from suicide. This is the first time the reach of the article 2 obligation to protect life has been expanded to a voluntary patient; that is, a patient who was not detained under the Mental Health Act.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 8th February 2012