UK - Final report of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act



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Dec 9, 2007
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Matt Hancock the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care today (6 December 2018) has published the final report of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act. it is called: Modernising the Mental Health Act Increasing choice, reducing compulsion.

The report is available at:
Independent Review of the Mental Health Act - GOV.UK

At the release he stated:
i) That the Government will consider the report and its recommendations in detail, and will respond in due course. Our intention remains to reform mental health law and so the Government will develop and bring forward legislation when Parliamentary time allows.

ii) that he would accept two of the report’s recommendations, which both highlight the Review’s focus on increasing the rights and autonomy of patients –
The establishment of new statutory advance choice documents (ACDs), so that people’s wishes and preferences can carry far more legal weight. These would enable people to express preferences on their care and treatment, to help ensure that these preferences are considered by clinicians, even when the person may be too ill to express themselves.
Ensuring that people have a say in which relative has power to act for them, through the creation of a new role of Nominated Person, to be chosen by the patient, rather than allocated to them from a list of relatives. This person would have enhanced powers in their role; both to be informed about the person’s detention in hospital and to be involved in decisions made about their care.


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Apr 6, 2017
God bless. Thanks for the post!