Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983: final report published
The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983 has published its final reporting set out recommendations for government on how the Act and associated practice needs to change.
The recommendations covering 4 principles that the review believes should underpin the reformed Act:
- 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
- therapeutic benefit – ensuring patients are supported to get better, so they can be discharged from the Act
- people as individuals – ensuring patients are viewed and treated as rounded individuals