Mental Health Act 1983

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:00 pm on 11th July 2017.

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Photo of Paul Beresford Paul Beresford Conservative, Mole Valley 7:00 pm, 11th July 2017

I thank my hon. Friend, who is, of course, on his way, with a bit of luck, to being a very senior academic psychiatrist in a couple of years. He is right. In situations such as this, no one rings up St George’s Hospital in Tooting and says, “Please could I have a psychiatrist?” They ring the Met police, who then have the difficulty of dealing with the situation, and who stand there holding the detainee in the private home while the psychiatrist is brought in from the hospital.

I would be grateful if my hon. Friend the Minister would at least be prepared to meet me and Professor Rix to discuss how this difficulty can be sorted out. If necessary, I am prepared to resort, as I have in the past, to the ten-minute rule Bill procedure to bring about this tiny change.