Responding to NHS Digital’s annual Mental Health Act statistics for 2017-18, Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said:
“The Mental Health Act plays an important role in ensuring the necessary care for those who have reached the point of crisis. Our long-held belief was that it needs refreshing, and that is why we welcomed the current review of the legislation, which our members are feeding into, and which is looking into drivers behind increased detentions.
“Today's figures again show deeply concerning rising rates of detention and variation in detention and Community Treatment Orders between different ethnic groups.
“As part of the review, our members have been providing closer scrutiny on what can be done to remove this disparity.
“The reasons are complex and extend further beyond the NHS and it is essential we all work together to make sure there is support for people before they reach a crisis point.
“It is crucial the Mental Health Act works for all people affected by it and we are committed to playing an active role in the ongoing process to bring it up to date.”