Written Question on Mental Health Services

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Date Title Questioner
24 May 2019, 12:35 p.m. Mental Health Services Neil Coyle


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that advance decisions on mental health treatment are respected and adhered to.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

Last year Professor Sir Simon Wessely, president of the Royal Society of Medicine, submitted his independent review of the Mental Health Act. The review made 154 recommendations – including the establishment of new statutory advance choice documents, so that people’s wishes and preferences carry far more legal weight.

We have accepted this recommendation.

The Government is currently considering the detailed recommendations of the review and will respond in due course. We remain committed to reforming mental health law and will develop and bring forward legislation when Parliamentary time allows.

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