Government Commits to Review of Mental Health Act

Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has said that the Government will be launching a review into the Mental Health Act to reform it. The Act was passed in 1983 and the Conservative Party pledged in their 2019 manifesto to review the legislation. Mind, the mental health charity, said that “this is a long overdue process”.

Hancock said in a statement:

“I want to ensure our health service works for all, yet the Mental Health Act is now 40 years old. We need to bring mental health laws into the 21st century. Reforming the mental health Act is one of our central manifesto commitments, so the law helps get the best possible care to everyone who needs it.

These reforms will rightly see people not just as patients, but as individuals, with rights, preferences, and expertise, who are able to rely on a system which supports them and only intervenes proportionately, and which has their health and wellbeing as its centre.”

Sophie Corlett, Director of External Relations at Mind, said:

“This is just the beginning of what is now a long overdue process. At the moment, thousands of people are still subjected to poor, sometimes appalling, treatment, and many will live with the consequences far into the future. ”