Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:09 pm on 18th December 2018.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Treasury) 5:09 pm, 18th December 2018

I am surprised that this Bill and the reforms to the Mental Health Act are not being considered at the same time. As I understand it, this Bill would allow clinicians and managers to detain somebody for up to three years without a renewal decision, which is much longer than is recommended for community treatment orders by the Wessely review. If both reforms are implemented, patients detained under the Mental Health Act could have the security of a shorter review period than those detained under this Bill. Will the Secretary of State tell me whether that is the Government’s intention or simply a mistake?