Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th January 2019.

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Photo of Wayne David Wayne David Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) support and (b) treatment for people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Care Quality Commission has a statutory duty to monitor how mental health providers exercise powers and discharge their duties when people are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. It reports annually, and its most recent report Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2016/17 was published in February 2018. The report contains a specific chapter on care, support and treatment in hospital. It is available at the following link:

The Government has committed 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. Modernising the Mental Health Act Increasing choice, reducing compulsion, the final report of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, was published in December. The Government will consider the report and its recommendations in detail, and will respond in due course.

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