Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983 - Law Society response
The Law Society has responded to the government’s Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983.
The response contains high-level observations of what the Society considers to be the most serious problems with the Act, now over 30 years old.
- Inadequate rights for patients to challenge their detention in the Mental Health Tribunal
- Unjustifiable imposition of medical treatment on patients without their consent in the first three months of detention
- A complete lack of safeguards for children in mental health detention
- Inordinate delay in the treatment of prisoners with mental health problems
- Confusion and conflict with the operation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.