Responding to today's story from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on the treatment of people detained under the Mental Health Act, Sophie Corlett, Director of External Relations at the mental health charity Mind, said:
“It is very disappointing that according to the CQC there have been no signs of improvement in care for patients detained under the Mental Health Act since last year.
“It's unacceptable that some patients are not being informed of their rights, such as their right to advocacy, which would help them have a voice in the way they are cared for.
“When someone is detained under the Mental Health Act they are extremely vulnerable and it is vital that the correct processes are in place to ensure they are supported appropriately. It is deeply concerning that over half of psychiatric wards have not properly trained their staff and are practicing policies that are out of date.
“The CQC has highlighted that the majority of Mental Health Trusts in England require improvement. This is not good enough. Excellent crisis care does exist, but today’s report is a stark reminder of just how much needs to be done to make sure that all people with mental health problems get the help they need.”