THE chairman of NHS South has been asked to probe claims mental health patients have been sectioned by doctors who did not have proper approval,
Dr Geoffrey Harris will be charged with looking at how responsibility for the detention of patients under the Mental Health Act was delegated at four regional health bodies.
They are North East, Yorkshire and Humber, West Midlands and East Midlands.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt told the House of Commons that up to 5,000 patients could have been detained under the Mental Health Act in the last decade by doctors who were not properly approved.
Urgent legislation will be rushed through Parliament to tackle the issue.
But Mr Hunt said: ‘There is no suggestion that any hospitalisation or detention of any patient has been clinically inappropriate, nor that the doctors so approved are anything other than qualified to make such recommendations, nor that these doctors might have made incorrect diagnoses or decisions.’