Mental Health Act 2001
Transfer of patient.
21.—(1) Where the clinical director of an approved centre is of opinion that it would be for the benefit of a patient detained in that centre, or that it is necessary for the purpose of obtaining special treatment for such patient, that he or she should be transferred to another approved centre (other than the Central Mental Hospital), the clinical director may arrange for the transfer of the patient to the other centre with the consent of the clinical director of that centre.
(2) (a) Where the clinical director of an approved centre—
(i) is of opinion that it would be for the benefit of a patient detained in that centre, or that it is necessary for the purpose of obtaining special treatment for such a patient, to transfer him or her to the Central Mental Hospital, and
(ii) proposes to do so,
he or she shall notify the Commission in writing of the proposal and the Commission shall refer the proposal to a tribunal.
(b) Where a proposal is referred to a tribunal under this section, the tribunal shall review the proposal as soon as may be but not later than 14 days thereafter and shall either—
(i) if it is satisfied that it is in the best interest of the health of the patient concerned, authorise the transfer of the patient concerned, or
(ii) if it is not so satisfied, refuse to authorise it.
(c) The provisions of sections 19 and 49 shall apply to the referral of a proposal to a tribunal under this section as they apply to the referral of an admission order to a tribunal under section 17 with any necessary modifications.
(d) Effect shall not be given to a decision to which paragraph (b) applies before—
(i) the expiration of the time for the bringing of an appeal to the Circuit Court, or
(ii) if such an appeal is brought, the determination or withdrawal thereof.
(3) Where a patient is transferred to an approved centre under this section, the clinical director of the centre from which he or she has been transferred shall, as soon as may be, give notice in writing of the transfer to the Commission.
(4) The detention of a patient in another approved centre under this section shall be deemed for the purposes of this Act to be detention in the centre from which he or she was transferred.
(5) In this section references to an admission order include references to a renewal order.