Work up to 2007 - the Mental Health Bill
Alliance representatives give evidence to the Joint Scrutiny Committee. L-R Mike Shooter (Royal College of Psychiatrists), Rowena Daw (Mind), Graham Estop (Voices Forum), Paul Farmer (Rethink).
The primary purpose of mental health legislation is to provide a proper framework for the care, treatment and safety of people who are seriously unwell.
The Mental Health Alliance believes that the Government still has an opportunity to draft legislation so that it is workable and enjoys the support of patients and their families, professionals and the public. The Alliance will be working with the Department of Health to ensure that stakeholder views are represented strongly during the drafting of amendments to the current Mental Health Act.
- ensure that compulsion is only used as a last resort;
- ensure that service users and their carers are able to access support when they need it and are not turned away in a crisis;
- reflect the needs and expectations we have of 21st century healthcare:
- be patient-centred;
- reflect the needs of carers and relatives;
- be properly resourced with adequate financial investment and realistic workforce calculations;
- and address the disproportionate representation of black and minority ethnic groups within the system.