Synod tackles concerns over government mental health plans

25 February 2003

The Mental Health Alliance welcomes the Church of England Synodís decision to include discussion of the draft Mental Health Bill during its session tomorrow (Wednesday February 26).

The debate shows the breadth of concern around the governmentís plans for the first major overhaul to mental health law in twenty years.

Paul Farmer, chair of the Alliance, said: "We are delighted that the Church of England has dedicated time during its annual Synod to discuss the governmentís plans for mental health.

"Many organisations and mental health service users remain concerned about the current proposals and we hope the Church of England is listening to those concerns."

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