In the Media

Duty to protect life of voluntary psychiatric patient

PUBLISHED February 20, 2012

Supreme Court Published February 20, 2012Rabone v Pennine Care NHS TrustBefore Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe, Baroness Hale of Richmond, Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, Lord Mance and Lord Dyson Judgment February 8, 2012A psychiatric hospital owed an operational duty to a voluntary inpatient to take reasonable steps to protect her from the real and immediate risk of suicide under the right to life provision in article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.