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Psychiatric unit told to lift sex ban on patients

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19:15 CET+01:00
A court in France has ruled that a psychiatric hospital was wrong to impose a strict ban on sexual relations between patients.

French television TF1 reported on Friday that an administrative court of appeal has ordered a psychiatric hospital in Gironde, south west France to lift the'excessive' rule.

The court’s ruling followed a complaint made by one unhappy patient who was aggrieved that the restriction covered everyone despite the fact he did “not suffer a psychiatric condition of a sexual nature”.

"This is a decision that makes it difficult for doctors but it is in line with the fundamental rights," the lawyer for the plaintiff told TF1.

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"Each patient must be judged case by case," the lawyer added.

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