Archive: Mental Health Bill

Hewitt insists bill 'strikes right balance'

Hewitt: Mental health bill enables community care

Mental health laws must be updated to reflect the increasing emphasis of care in the community, the health secretary Patricia Hewitt told MPs last night.

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  • Improving the mental health system

    This new report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Work outlines the values, practices and evidence that should be at the heart of mental health support.

  • MPs to debate 'psychiatric ASBOs'

    MPs debate controversial mental health bill

    MPs will today discuss the mental health bill, with widespread opposition expected for the controversial community treatment orders (CTOs), dubbed 'psychiatric ASBOs'.

  • The Lords defeated the government over its medical health bill

    Peers defeat government over mental health bill

    A cross party group of peers has challenged the government's mental health bill, with the Lords voting for a series of amendments that weaken the proposed act's power to detain people with severe personality disorders without consent.

  • Peers consider mental health bill

    Peers consider mental health plans

    Peers will today begin a detailed review of the mental health bill, amid warnings the legislation faces defeat unless the government backs down on certain measures.

  • New mental health bill is no less controversial

    Mental health bill disappoints again

    Campaign groups have said they are "profoundly disappointed" with the details of the government's new mental health bill, published today.

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