What The Proposed Changes Aim to Ensure

  1. Choice and autonomy – ensuring service users’ views and choices are respected
  2. Least restriction – ensuring the Act’s powers are used in the least restrictive way by modernising mental health legislation
  3. Therapeutic benefit – ensuring patients are supported to get better, so they can be discharged from the Act
  4. The person as an individual – ensuring patients are viewed and treated as rounded individuals
  5. Improve safeguards - enable patients to access safeguards earlier and more often, such as the Mental Health Tribunal (MHT)
  6. Increased right to challenge - patients are empowered and supported to exercise their right to challenge their detention and treatment
  7. Reduce racial disparities - everyone is treated equally and fairly and disparities experienced by people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are tackled
  8. People with a learning disability and autistic people - are treated better in law –the reliance on specialist inpatient services for this group of people is reduced

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