Government policies

Mental Health legislation provides the framework for the care, treatment and protection of patients who may need to be admitted to hospital and to receive services against their will.

At the moment, people in England and Wales are treated under the Mental Health Act 1983. The Government has been planning new mental health legislation since 1998. This was for two reasons:

There is widespread agreement that the Act needs to be reformed. The Alliance believes that reform presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the rights, care and treatment for people with mental health problems.

The Government has abandoned its 2004 Draft Bill and scaled down its proposals for new mental health legislation. However, much of its policy agenda remains the same: