Alliance policies: The Inspectorate

We believe that the Mental Health Act Commission provides an important role in safeguarding the rights of people subject to compulsion. We do not believe that the unique functions of the MHAC would be replicated or sustained if it were placed in a wider health inspectorate, such as the Healthcare Commission.

We also believe that the inspectorate should have the power to review the implementation of other legislation which might affect patients liable to compulsion, such as the Mental Capacity Act 2005. It should also have powers in relation to patients detained by the police using emergency powers and in relation to restricted patients.

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