RCPsych responds to the interim report of the independent review of the Mental Health Act

Statement / comment
03 May 2018

“Improving the care of people with mental illness is clearly the most important priority of this report, and that's to be welcomed. We're glad the Review will focus on how people can be better cared for under the Mental Health Act, particularly people from Black and Asian minority ethnic communities, and how patients can be more involved in that care.

"Changing legislation alone isn't enough to improve the lives of people with mental illness, and the report rightly recognises this. Improving mental health services depends on the right number of well-trained staff and the right resources to meet the needs of patients, their families and carers. That's why the Review must continue to work with and listen to patients and all those involved in the care of people with mental illness."

Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

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