Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th January 2019.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to bring forward legislative proposals to improve the protection of the rights of people subject to the provisions of the Mental Health Act 2007.

Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the timetable for his Department to respond to the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act.

Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the Government's response to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act published on 6 December 2018.

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

We welcome the publication of final report of the independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983, which was commissioned by the Prime Minister.

The Government will consider the report and its recommendations in detail and respond in due course. We remain committed to reforming mental health law and have committed to develop and bring forward legislation when parliamentary time allows.

We have already accepted two of the recommendations of the review; the establishment of new statutory advance choice documents, so that people’s wishes and preferences carry far more legal weight, and the creation of a new role of ‘nominated person’ to be chosen by the patient to replace the current nearest relative provisions. This will support the review’s overall purpose of increasing patient rights and improving the way the Act works for people.

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