Mental Health Patients: Discharge - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:53 pm on 5 March 2024.

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Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Conservative 2:53, 5 March 2024

My Lords, as a member of the Joint Committee scrutinising the Bill, it was clear to me that one of the problems was that there is a statutory list of next of kin which does not match the reality of some people’s lives, so there were provisions to introduce a nominated person. It does not matter how good the guidance is. How are we circumventing the statutory requirement for next of kin to be involved?