We welcome the Review’s recommendations to increase people’s choice and dignity when they are subject to the Mental Health Act, and for promoting race equality in mental health services and the use of the Act. In particular, we welcome the recommendation that anybody detained, whether they are sectioned against their will or are a voluntary patient, will have access to an advocate to assist them.
Likewise, we back the promotion of race equality in mental health services and in the use of the Act, but this must come with concrete commitments, including that the NHS builds relationships with local communities.
We were disappointed to see that the Review has not recommended getting rid of Community Treatment Orders (CTOs). These have not reduced hospital readmissions and are often experienced as intrusive and coercive, especially by people from Black or Black British backgrounds, who are more likely to be subjected to CTOs. However, the Review’s recommendations would be an improvement on the current position.
In the longer term, we want to see larger, more fundamental shifts in the law, but the Review's recommendations would make significant improvements to people’s rights and experience of mental health care.
Check out our Policy and Campaigns Officer Charli's blog on what we were hoping to see in the Review.
Read our news story and our response to the Review.