Mental Health Act review: our submission
Last week we published our response
to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983 call for
Our submission primarily focussed on the areas set out by the
Review as priorities for reform as well as other areas that are
important to members, these are:
Community Treatment Orders (CTOs)
Advance Care Planning
Safeguards: Tribunals and Statutory Second Opinions
Reforms to Part III
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
We also made clear that legislative reform can only play a small
part in improving patient care and that we must tackle other
problems, such as: inadequate service provision, accessibility,
societal injustices and ingrained inequalities.
We’ve done our best to reflect the opinion of members and the
entire morning session of Council in January was dedicated to
agreeing on the College’s line on potential reforms.
As well as this, the members’ survey that was undertaken last
year has been essential in framing the work and making sure the
submission was in line with opinions of psychiatrists. Read
the final results of the
survey. Thanks to all who took part.
This is only the first stage of the Review and there will be a
lot more work to be done on this.
All members who want to share their opinions on the Review and
the College’s response to it should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.