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The Mental Capacity Act 2005 makes (temporary) restriction of liberty lawful
  1. Robert Wheeler
  1. Correspondence to Dr Robert Wheeler, Department of Paediatric Surgery, University Hospitals of Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK; robert.wheeler{at}

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I greatly enjoyed ‘Going legal’  by Lopez et al,1 and endorse the article's main conclusions. While the authors’ assertion that ‘The (Mental Capacity) Act does not allow actions which will involve the deprivation of liberty in those aged 16 or 17’ is a fair reflection of that statute's starting position, …

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