Thursday, February 7, 2008

Britney Spears left psych ward because there was “no cause” to keep her there

Britney SpearsPop wreck Britney Spears has gone from being 'Gravely Disabled' to being 'fine' in just under one-week. Which, I'm sure you'll agree is pretty impressive.

So why has someone so obviously troubled been released from a psychiatric ward in just under a week - even though she was meant to be there for two? Because there was "no just cause" for the hold, a source claims.

Britney's parents fear her early release from the UCLA could kill her; it probably will.

According to US reports, the doctor overseeing the Toxic singer's care, at least had some sense and wanted her to stay - but that decision was overridden by a court representative.

The doctor whose decision was overturned in keeping Britney, was not her psychiatrist Dr. Deborah Nadel, a source reveals, but another attending doctor at UCLA. Once Nadel issued the singer's 72-hour hold at UCLA, Nadel was not involved in the singer's hospitalization thereafter.

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 case, "when a lawyer can override a doctor's opinion."

Britney's parents, meanwhile have spoken out about their daughter's early release -- and said they're in fear for their daughter's life.

In a statement last night, they said: "As parents of an adult child in the throws of a mental health crisis, we were extremely disappointed this morning to learn that over the recommendation of her treating psychiatrist, our daughter Britney was released from the hospital that could best care for her and keep her safe.

"We are deeply concerned about our daughter's safety and vulnerability and we believe her life is presently at risk."

When Britney was committed her father Jamie Spears was named a 'conservator' putting him in charge of her estate and affairs.

Her parents now feel those powers are being ignored.

They said: "There are conservatorship orders in place created to protect our daughter that are being blatantly disregarded.

"We ask only that the court's orders be enforced so that a tragedy may be averted." believe that Spears' parents will be back in court today (Thursday) to try and get the decision overturned.

"Based on what we know, it's a good bet Jamie Spears will be back in court -- we're guessin' tomorrow -- asking the Commish to put some teeth in the conservatorship order," TMZ says, "That order gives the conservator power to restrict the visitors Brit receives."

By Owen Williams, Feb 07 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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