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Current appeal system for those detained in England and Wales under the Mental Health Act needs reform
  1. Paul Gosney1,
  2. Paul Lomax1,
  3. Carwyn Hooper2,
  4. Aileen O’Brien2
  1. 1 South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2 Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education, St George’s University of London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Paul Gosney, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, London SW17 7DJ, UK; pgosney{at}nhs.net

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  • Contributors PG and PL contributed equally to this paper. PG: conception of work, acquisition and analysis of data; drafting and revising. PL and AOB: conception of work, interpretation of data; drafting and revising. CH: interpretation of data; drafting and revising. All authors were involved in the final approval of version to be published and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests CH is the General and Company Secretary of the IME and a member of the IME BMJ Management Committee for the Journal of Medical Ethics.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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  • Contributors PG and PL contributed equally to this paper. PG: conception of work, acquisition and analysis of data; drafting and revising. PL and AOB: conception of work, interpretation of data; drafting and revising. CH: interpretation of data; drafting and revising. All authors were involved in the final approval of version to be published and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests CH is the General and Company Secretary of the IME and a member of the IME BMJ Management Committee for the Journal of Medical Ethics.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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