Monday, 22 January 2018

Patients detained under Mental Health Act need stronger safeguards

Patients detained under Mental Health Act need stronger safeguards People detained for mental health problems need legislation that protects them better, the Law Society of England and Wales said in its evidence to the independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 (the Act), announced by Theresa May in her most recent party conference speech.

“As the law stands today, someone detained under the Mental Health Act – or ‘sectioned’ – may be treated without their consent for the first three months of their detention without any safeguards. This must stop,” said Law Society vice president Christina Blacklaws.

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