Responding to the CQC’s Monitoring the Mental Health Act report, Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said:
“This report gives an important insight into the use of the Mental Health Act and what is going on in mental health wards up and down the country.
“We welcome reports that care has improved, in no small part because of the dedication of our members under extremely challenging conditions, but would echo the CQC’s concerns on the quality and safety of mental health wards.
“We encourage the Government to take note of the need for urgent improvements to mental health infrastructure and to make sure the recommendations from the recent review of the Mental Health Act are implemented.
“However, we can see positive green shoots from this report and the trend of improvement. As the review of the Act recommended, service users must be more involved in their care so it was encouraging to see a 10 per cent increase in evidence of patients’ involvement in care plans and more evidence of service users being provided with appropriate information about their rights."