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Reforming the Mental Health Act: government response

Date:1 OCT 2021
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The Department for Health and Social Care hosted a public consultation from 13 January 2021 to 21 April 2021 on a set of proposals to reform the Mental Health Act. There were more than 1,700 responses. The government has published its response to the consultation.
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Overall, there has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the proposals. Respondents generally approved of the guiding aims behind the reform agenda and agreed with key proposals for change including changes to the detention criteria, replacing the Nearest Relative role with the Nominated Person role, and considering A&E holding powers. 

"Some respondents raised particular concerns around how the reforms to the Act will apply to children and young people. We are committed to ensuring that children and young people benefit from the reforms we plan to introduce and that their rights are protected and upheld. We are aware that there are particular considerations and sensitivities involved in caring for children and young people. We will work closely with stakeholders to develop our proposals so that, where appropriate, adjustments are made in recognition of the particular needs and vulnerabilities of this patient group, and that the reforms fit with existing legislation that applies to children and young people."

You can read the full response here.