The right to appeal
When people are admitted to hospital under a section they can appeal. Appeals tribunals take place in an informal setting within the hospital. The appeal panel consists of a lawyer, a doctor and a lay person. Professionals who supervise the care of the person you care for prepare reports to include the family’s point of view. The ‘nearest relative’ may attend the tribunal and make a contribution, other relatives or friends may also attend as appropriate. The person you care for may be represented by a lawyer.