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Nearest Relative

The Mental Health Act 1983 defines a list of certain people who can be treated as the ‘nearest relative’ of an individual. A ‘nearest relative’ has a number of important powers and functions, including the right to discharge an individual who has been formally detained in hospital, make an application for a person to be admitted for assessment, treatment or guardianship and also to object to applications for treatment or guardianship being made by a social worker.

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