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Bringing a hospital patient back to his family

The Law Centre helped a family bring their brother back from England to a hospital in Northern Ireland where he would be able to see them more often.

He had been transferred from a local psychiatric unit two years ago in the hope that he would receive more appropriate treatment in tEngland but the treatment was not working out. The family wanted him moved back here where he would receive equal level of treatment but would be closer to them. This would have been more respectful of his Article 8 family rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.

They had not managed to progress their case for some time and they were referred to the Law Centre by CAUSE, the association for families, partners and friends caring for people with mental illness.

In October, at a meeting between our clients, the Law Centre, the Trust and the Chair of the Health Committee, a commitment was given to transfer him back before Christmas. He was brought back in December and the family are very happy.

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