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13. Inspection of psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric nursing homes and visiting of patients.-

(1) An Inspecting Officer may, at any time, enter and inspect any psychiatric hospital or psychiatric nursing home and require the production of any records, which are required to be kept in accordance with the rules made in this behalf, for inspection: Provided that any personal records of a patient so inspected shall be kept confidential except for the purposes of sub-section (3).

(2) The Inspecting Officer may interview in private any patient receiving treatment and care therein-

(a) for the purpose of inquiring into any complaint made by or on behalf of such patient as to the treatment and care, or

(b) in any case, where the Inspecting Officer has reason to believe that any inpatient is not receiving proper treatment and care.

(3) Where the Inspecting Officer is satisfied that any inpatient in a psychiatric hospital or psychiatric nursing home is not receiving proper treatment and care, he may report the matter to the licensing authority and thereupon the licensing authority may issue such direction as it may deem fit to the medical officer in charge or the licensee of the psychiatric hospital, or, as the case may be, the psychiatric nursing home and every such medical officer in charge or licensee shall be bound to comply with such directions.

Mental Health Act, 1987 Back

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