Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th January 2021.

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Photo of Lloyd Russell-Moyle Lloyd Russell-Moyle Labour/Co-operative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to make guidance available on visiting rights during the covid-19 outbreak for people detained under the Mental Health Act.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Guidance on ‘Visiting healthcare inpatient settings during the COVID pandemic: principles’ was published on 13 October 2020, and is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/C0751-visiting-healthcare-inpatient-settings-principles-131020_.pdf

The guidance focuses on ensuring infection control and making sure that patients can access the therapeutic support and visits they need during the pandemic, including for people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. This guidance also advises on the number of visitors permitted under social distancing rules.

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