Mental health patients 'should be given more rights over treatment'
- People with serious mental health problems should be given a host of new rights to ensure they receive better care if they are detained for compulsory treatment, an inquiry ordered by Theresa May has found.
- The 50,000 people a year who are sectioned under the Mental Health Act should be able to set out how they want to be looked after and challenge doctors’ decisions about them, said the year-long independent review, led by Prof Sir Simon Wessely, an ex-president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
- While patients are well they should be able to spell out what form they want their treatment to take, for example what drugs they wish to receive, in new advanced choice documents that would have statutory force.
- The NHS also needs to hugely expand mental health services outside hospitals, in order to keep patients well and make compulsory treatment a last resort, the inquiry said.
- “By bringing forward this historic legislation – the new mental health bill – we can ensure people are in control of their care, and are receiving the right treatment and support they need.”more