Should patients who assault staff be prosecuted?

@article{Coyne2002ShouldPW,
  title={Should patients who assault staff be prosecuted?},
  author={A. Barbara Coyne},
  journal={Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing},
  year={2002},
  volume={9 2},
  pages={
          139-45
        }
}
This article discusses the issue of prosecution of mentally disordered patients particularly in relation to assaults or acts of violence in health care settings. The arguments for prosecuting those responsible for committing acts of dangerous behaviour are discussed, as are the arguments against prosecution and some of the possible reasons why this is a contentious area of discussion. There are significant risks to the integrity of mental health services if the consideration of prosecution as a… CONTINUE READING
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