Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients: Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th July 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of assessment and treatment pathways that are available for people who are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

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

The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act’ assessed the provisions in the Mental Health Act 1983, including the assessment and treatment pathways available for those detained. We are implementing the majority of the Independent Review’s recommendations in the draft Mental Health Bill, which proposes reforms to improve assessment and treatment pathways. This includes revisions to the criteria for detention under the Act, to ensure that detention is based on providing a therapeutic benefit to the individual and the introduction of new treatment safeguards to ensure that treatment is based on the patient’s wishes, preferences and individual needs as far as possible and that compulsory medication is only used in limited circumstances.

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