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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

RCPsych responds to NHS Information Centre statistics on compulsory treatment

Embargoed until 05 October 2010

Royal College of Psychiatrists responds to new NHS Information Centre statistics on the numbers of in-patients detained in hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983 and patients subject to supervised community treatment

Dr Tony Zigmond, the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ lead on mental health law, said:

"The RCPsych is extremely concerned about the large increase in the number of patients being subject to compulsory mental health treatment. This increase is the inevitable result of some of the ill-advised changes made to the Mental Health Act – against the advice of the RCPsych and other mental health organisations.

"The RCPsych will continue to work with service users, families, other organisations and the Coalition government, to enhance public mental health and ensure the provision of treatments that patients both want and need. These, along with serious investment in mental health research, are the only ways to improve the prevention and treatment of mental health problems."

For further information, please contact:
Sarah Nevins
Press & Social Media Officer
Telephone: 020 3701 2543
Claire McLoughlin
Media & Communications Manager 
Telephone: 020 3701 2544
Out of hours contact number: 07860 755896


Note to editors:

The NHS Information Centre published a report on the numbers of people in England being made subject to restrictions under the Mental Health Act on 5 October 2010


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