Year: 1994 Source: Nursing Standard, v.8, no.52, (September 21-27, 1994), p.39 SIEC No: 19950410

Under the 1993 Mental Health Act, suicide attempters in Britain can be deemed to be at risk & be placed in psychiatric care. Hands states that by law nurses are obligated to prevent patients in their care from hurting themselves. However, he questions whether a nurse or anyone else has the right to say otherwise if someone decides that they have nothing more to live for.