In the U.K. Compulsory Treatment Orders alllow people who have been discharged from hospital to have conditions placed on their treatment in the community so that, for instance, they can be returned to hospital if they do not take their medication. The orders came into force in November 2008 and since then far more of them have been issued than the Government expected. 2,134 were issued between November 2008 and March 2009; much more than the 450 or so estimated by the Government.
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