Modernising the Mental Health Act Increasing choice, reducing compulsion, the final report of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, has been published today.
The Government committed in its Manifesto to reform mental health legislation. As a first step towards this, the Prime Minister asked Professor Sir Simon Wessely to chair a full and independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983. We welcome this report, and would like to thank Sir Simon and his vice chairs for their achievement in setting out a set of recommendations that have the overall purpose of increasing patient rights and improving the way the Act works for people.
I can confirm that the Government will consider the report and its recommendations in detail, and will respond in due course. Our intention remains to reform mental health law and so the Government will develop and bring forward legislation when Parliamentary time allows.
I can today accept two of the report’s recommendations, which both highlight the Review’s focus on increasing the rights and autonomy of patients –
The report is available at:
I have deposited a copy of the report in both Libraries.