Mental health campaign groups have made their strongest call yet
for the government to back down over its plans to extend the use of
compulsory treatment powers.
The charter for consensual treatment launched by the Mental
Health Alliance, sets out a clear argument for a legal right to a
mental health assessment, care and treatment to be enshrined in new
mental health legislation, in the interests of minimising the
number of people who will be subject to compulsory powers.
The report also calls for the government to rethink its position
on advance directives, and for a free independent advocate to be
available at all times. The charter: ‘Care Before Compulsion’, from
the Mental Health Foundation at www.mentalhealth.org.uk
or 020 7535 7400.