Mental Health Act 1983

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:07 pm on 11th July 2017.

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Photo of Paul Beresford Paul Beresford Conservative, Mole Valley 7:07 pm, 11th July 2017

I completely agree. If section 136 is used in a public place—and if it were used in a private place—the individual goes into care in a mental hospital environment and must be assessed within 72 hours. That is an added protection. No one expects policemen to be wonders on psychiatry, but the assessment follows very quickly.