Tony Blair understands concerns over draft mental health bill

The Prime Minister last week told MPs that he understood the
Mental Health Alliance’s concerns over the proposals set out
in the draft mental health bill.

On the same day as the MHA lobbied parliament in protest over
the bill, Tony Blair said that just under 2000 different
consultation reponses had been received.

He added that it was because the issues were difficult that the
government had decided to produce a draft bill. “That allows
us to take account of these consultations before we publish the
actual bill that we will legislate,” he said.

But he stressed that a balance needed to be struck because
people were worried that some people who have a severe mental
disorder “can pose a danger and threat to the

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