Britney Was Released Against Medical Recommendation

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Britney Spears was released early from UCLA Medical Center’s psych ward because a court representative found “no just cause” for the hold, a source tells PEOPLE.

The doctor overseeing Spears’s care had wanted her to stay, (as did her parents), but the decision was overridden by the court representative, the source said.

The source said that the doctor who was vetoed was not Spears’s psychiatrist Dr. Deborah Nadel, but another attending doctor at UCLA. Once Nadel issued the singer’s 72-hour hold at UCLA, Nadel was not involved in Spears’s hospitalization, the source said.

The decision followed regular procedure for any patient on a 14-day hold.

The procedure calls for a hearing at the hospital to find out whether the hold is justified. The rep for the court, called a “hearing referee” – who is usually a lawyer – interviews the patient and doctor to determine if there’s “just cause” for detainment.

“This is when law and medicine collide,” says attorney Terry K. Wasserman, who’s not involved in the Spears matter, “when a lawyer can override a doctor’s opinion.”

Source: People Magazine

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Comments (6)

  • Clifton

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    What kind of bullshit is that? What the hell does a lawyer know about someone’s medicial condition. Overriding the opinion of a doctor. That makes no sense what so ever.

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  • ***MIMI***

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    Wut da hell? it kinda sounds like sum kinda set up 4 brit.It wuz 2 early cuz she only spent 3 of the 14 days. Wuz da lawyer even there?

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  • Magne

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    Why the Phunk couldne’t she stay?
    It would be good for her with a break!
    and I bet her parents are scared the crap about what she’s gonna do next..
    ahh.. She should be there for ATLEAST 14 days…
    Not only b’cuz of her condition. but the stress.
    No press, no Adnan, No Sam No drugs she’s not ment 2 get. and NO Bullshit…

    AAarrrgghh!!

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  • hate_liberals

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    Here we go again! At least she didn’t get too far. She may be no threat but she still needs help.As long as she’s bi-polar…no telling what’s gonna happen next.Guess we’ll find out shortly!
    You know for some reason I used to pass her up but now I care.

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  • Sheena

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    yea clifton i agree what right do the lawyers have to make medical decisions like that, she needed to stay in the hospital for at least those 14 days, maaybe even longer to be able to have the best chance of gettin better.

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  • Laura

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    Brtiney definitley needs to be in the hospital for longer than 14 days. She has serious mental issues that have been neglected for far too long. This is not something that can be treated in 14 days.

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