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Article 2 duties apply to informal patients in Psychiatric Care Setting:
Rabone and Anor (Appellants) v Pennine Care Foundation Trust (Respondent)  UKSC 2 [read full law report]- informal patients at potential risk of suicide require mental health profoessionals to take appropriate care of them by carrying out suitable assessments of such risks, before the informal patient is permitted to go on home leave or is discharged. The Mental Health Act should be used where an informal patient seeks to leave the care centre where such a risk is considered to be real rather than fanciful, and is current. (Supreme Court Case, February 2012)
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