A dramatic rise in the number of people with serious mental illness being recalled to hospital has led to concern that community mental health teams are overstretched.
Hospital managers must ensure staff know it is inappropriate to recommend lawyers to mental health patients who are appealing against detention under the Mental Health Act, the Care Quality Commission has urged.
Concerns have been raised about how Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) forcing mental health patients to take their medication are being served and carried out.
The number of people being given compulsory treatment under the Mental Health Act rose by 3.5 per cent last year, data has revealed.
The move to GP commissioning could exclude other clinicians from decision making while increased competition in the NHS will lead to cost cutting, reductions in quality and greater inequalities, according to the Queen’s Nursing Institute.
The Care Quality Commission is looking for urgent “levers” to strengthen legal safeguards it fears are failing to protect vulnerable mental health patients.
Fears that supervised community treatment orders would be disproportionately imposed on patients from ethnic minorities have proven to be founded.
Excitable media coverage means the public is in fear of mental health service users. Should a very low level of security be accepted or should the emphasis shift towards public safety? By Charlotte Santry
Commissioners will work closely with neighbourhood police to keep the mentally ill out of jail, the government's director of prison health has announced.
Service providers need to prepare for with changing mental health legislation
Published: 27/06/2002, Volume II2, No. 5811 Page 4
A review of Scottish mental health legislation has echoed proposals south of the border by calling for compulsory treatment orders in the community and new systems to deal with mentally disordered offenders.
The expert committee charged with advising the government on reform of the Mental Health Act has attacked its green paper for 'ducking some fundamental questions' to chase a tabloid agenda on public safety.
'Radical' reforms to mental health law will mean forcible treatment for community patients who refuse to take their medication.