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independent review of the Mental Health Act: interim report summary webinar - May 2018

7 June 2018

In this webinar Rebecca Fitzpatrick looked at the recently published interim report of the ongoing independent review of the Mental Health Act chaired by Sir Simon Wessely, former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

In May 2017, Theresa May stated that, if elected, her government would replace the "flawed" Mental Health Act “in its entirety” with a new Mental Health Treatment Bill including:

  • revised thresholds for detentions
  • new Code of Practic
  • more safeguards for those with mental health problems who have capacity so that "they can never be treated against their will".

The review is due to report in Autumn 2018 and on 1 May 2018 published its interim report identifying priorities for the review’s work giving a flavour of its initial thoughts.

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