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Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

Temporary suspension of detention

93.Section 53 allows a patient’s responsible medical officer to suspend temporarily the detention requirement under a short-term detention certificate for a specified period of time. This is effected by the grant of a certificate by the patient’s responsible medical officer. In the circumstances set out in subsection (3), the suspension may be made subject to conditions.

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