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Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Conditions for transfer to hospital under section 214, 217 or 220N.I.
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223—(1) In this section a “relevant transfer direction” means a direction under—

(a)section 214 (transfer of civil prisoner or immigration detainee to hospital);

(b)section 217 (transfer to hospital of person remanded in custody by magistrates' court); or

(c)section 220 (transfer of certain other detainees to hospital).

(2) The conditions for giving a relevant transfer direction in respect of a person (“A”) are—

(a)that the Department of Justice is satisfied, on the required medical reports, of the matters mentioned in subsection (3);

(b)that, having regard to all the circumstances and in particular the matters mentioned in subsection (4), the Department of Justice considers that giving the direction is appropriate; and

(c)that the Department is satisfied, on the written report of a person representing the managing authority of the hospital specified in the direction, that arrangements have been made for the offender's detention in that hospital in pursuance of the direction.

(3) The matters referred to in subsection (2)(a) are—

(a)that A urgently needs treatment for a disorder;

(b)that failure to provide treatment to A as an in-patient in a hospital would be more likely than not to result in serious physical or psychological harm to A or serious physical harm to other persons; and

(c)that treatment appropriate to A's case is available for A in the hospital specified in the direction.

(4) The matters referred to in subsection (2)(b) are—

(a)the ways in which A might become an in-patient in a hospital if no direction were given under this section; and

(b)how likely it is that, if the direction is given and A is detained in hospital under the direction—

(i)consent to treatment will be given by A, or by a person with authority to give consent on behalf of A; or

(ii)treatment will be capable of being given to A by virtue of Part 2 of this Act (or, if A is under 16, under the Mental Health Order).

(5) In subsection (2)(a) “the required medical reports” means written reports from at least two medical practitioners, including—

(a)if the disorder is mental disorder, an approved medical practitioner;

(b)otherwise, a medical practitioner who appears to the Department of Justice to have special experience in the diagnosis or treatment of the disorder.

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