What The Proposed Changes Aim to Ensure
- Choice and autonomy – ensuring service users’ views and choices are respected
- Least restriction – ensuring the Act’s powers are used in the least restrictive way by modernising mental health legislation
- Therapeutic benefit – ensuring patients are supported to get better, so they can be discharged from the Act
- The person as an individual – ensuring patients are viewed and treated as rounded individuals
- Improve safeguards - enable patients to access safeguards earlier and more often, such as the Mental Health Tribunal (MHT)
- Increased right to challenge - patients are empowered and supported to exercise their right to challenge their detention and treatment
- Reduce racial disparities - everyone is treated equally and fairly and disparities experienced by people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are tackled
- 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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