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Review of Mental Health Act helps tackle inequality of access and outcomes

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The independent review of the Mental Health Act, chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely has now concluded. The review group have published a final report which sets out over 150 recommendations to government on how to improve the care of individuals who are detained due to mental ill health.

Responding to the final report, Paul Jenkins OBE, Chair of the Mental Health Network, said:

“We welcome the recommendations in this important review. We hope these will help to increase choice and provide alternatives to detention following years of rises in detention rates.

“The review rightly acknowledges that the experience of people from black African and Caribbean heritage of mental health services is too often one of exclusion or detention.

“Restricting someone’s liberty should always be a last resort. Putting this right requires all of us taking steps to ensure we close the gap in terms of inequalities in access and outcomes. We look forward to working with colleagues on this important issue and await the Government's response in due course.”

Further information:

  • Mental Health Network chief executive Sean Duggan was proud to chair the Review's topic group on reducing detention rates.
  • The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983 team was led by Professor Sir Simon Wessely.

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