Mental Health Act 1983

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th January 2022.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) discussions he has had with and (b) assessment he has made of representations received from campaigns, charities and other organisations representing children's interests on the potential merits of reforming the Mental Health Act 1983.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

As part of the public consultation on the proposed reforms to the Mental Health Act 1983, we received responses from service users, parents and carers and organisations. During the consultation, we engaged with the charities YoungMinds, British Institute of Learning Disabilities and Rethink Mental Illness. We continue to work with children’s organisations and young people in developing the draft Bill. We analysed the consultation responses and published a formal report on 15 July 2021. This will inform the development of the planned Mental Health Bill which will be brought forward when Parliamentary time allows.

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