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General election 2017: Conservatives pledge to end mental health 'injustice'

General election 2017: Conservatives pledge to end mental health 'injustice'
From BBC - May 6, 2017

The 1983 Mental Health Act would be scrapped and replaced with new laws governing treatment, under Conservative plans for England and Wales.

The Equalities Act would also be reformed to tackle discrimination against people with mental health problems, the party has pledged.

The party is also promising 10,000 more staff working in NHS mental health treatment by 2020.

Labour said the Tories appeared to be offering no extra funding.

The Conservatives say the plans are motivated by the concern that "vulnerable people are being subject to detention, including in police cells, unnecessarily" as numbers of people detained or "sectioned" under the Mental Health Act have risen.

The charity Mind has previously called for a review of the Act, which allows people with mental health problems to be detained for treatment against their will.

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People detained under section two of the Act cannot refuse hospital treatment - although some forms of treatment can be given only with a patient's consent - and can be held for up to 28 days.

Paul Farmer, Mind's chief executive said: "One in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year, so every parliamentary candidate from every party needs to accept and embrace mental health as a key issue for their constituency."

The charity said a rising number of detentions under the Act could be sign of growing pressure on mental health services.

'Unequal treatment'

Labour accused the Tory government of failing mental health patients.

Shadow mental health minister Barbara Keeley said: "The Tories have not delivered on their promise to give mental health the same priority as physical health.

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