The House of Lords has 'seriously weakened' the government's plans for better protection for patients and the public through its amendments to the Mental Health Bill, according to health minister Rosie Winterton.

She told a conference that the Lords' amendments 'must be overturned'. They include the introduction of a treatability test that could deem patients with severe personality disorders untreatable; restrictions on supervised community treatment; and a test that means patients cannot be detained if there is no evidence that they have impaired judgement.

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The House of Lords has 'seriously weakened' the government's plans for better protection for patients and the public through its amendments to the Mental Health Bill, according to health minister Rosie Winterton.

She told a conference that the Lords' amendments 'must be overturned'. They include the introduction of a treatability test that could deem patients with severe personality disorders untreatable; restrictions on supervised community treatment; and a test that means patients cannot be detained if there is no evidence that they have impaired judgement.

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