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21. Form and contents of medical certificates.-

Every medical certificate referred to in sub-section (6) of section 20 shall contain a statement,-

(a) that each of the medical practitioners referred to in that sub-section has independently examined the alleged mentally ill person and has formed his opinion on the basis of his own observations and from the particulars communicated to him; and

(b) that in the opinion of each such medical practitioner the alleged mentally ill person is suffering from mental disorder of such a nature and degree as to warrant the detention of such person in a psychiatric hospital or psychiatric nursing home and that such detention is necessary in the interests of the health and personal safety of that person or for the protection of others.

Mental Health Act, 1987 Back

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