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

RCPsych Submission to Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has submitted a response to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Our submission highlights key principles for the Review to consider:

  1. The law should support modern principles and practice of care and treatment for mental health patients.

  2. The Review should seek to reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness. Wherever appropriate the principles governing mental healthcare should be the same as those which govern physical health.

  3. Patients must always get the care appropriate to their needs with informal treatment, care and support preferred over compulsion.

The submission also includes more detail on specific areas for the Review to look at. These are:

  • Community Treatment Orders (CTOs)
  • Nearest Relative
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Safeguards: Advocacy
  • Safeguards: Tribunals and Statutory Second Opinions
  • Reforms to Part III
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Intellectual Disability

The College looks forward to continuing to work with the Review any of these areas.


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