Mental Health

Health written question – answered on 5th June 2006.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Labour, Hackney North and Stoke Newington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration has been given to the insertion of a non-discrimination clause in the Bill to amend the Mental Health Act 1983.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

There is no need to include a non-discrimination clause in the Bill to amend the Mental Health Act because the legislation must work in conjunction with other non-discrimination legislation, including the Race Relations Act, which prohibits any discrimination on racial grounds including race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins, and the Disability Discrimination Act.

However, while there is no need to duplicate this principle in primary legislation, we recognise the need to ensure that this important principle is understood and adhered to by those who use the Mental Health Act. We will therefore include guidance on how to avoid discrimination in the Mental Health Code of Practice.

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