Introduction of a new Mental Health Bill to transform mental health care
In October 2017, the prime minister announced an independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983. Following the publication of the report from the independent review, the government is accepting two of the proposed recommendations.
– Those detained under the Act will be allowed to nominate a person of their choice to be involved in decisions about their care.
– They will also be able to express their preferences for care and treatment and have those listed in statutory ‘ advance choice’ documents.
1 in 4 people are being affected by mental ill health at some point in their lives, therefore, it is now more important than ever that we are putting mental and physical health on equal footing. Currently, those detained under the act have no say on which relative is contacted this can lead to distant or unknown relatives making important decisions about that persons care.
Bringing forward the historic legislation will modernise the Mental Health Act and give patients more control over their treatment whilst also treating them with dignity and respect. The government is issuing a formal response to the recommendations in the new year ahead of the preparations for the new legislation.
(source: The Independent)