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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
The law should support modern principles and practice of care
and treatment for mental health patients.
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.
Patients must always get the care appropriate to their needs
with informal treatment, care and support preferred over
The submission also includes more detail on specific areas for
the Review to look at. These are:
The College looks forward to continuing to work with the Review
any of these areas.
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