Draft bill will be published in July

    The long-delayed draft Mental Health Bill will be published for
    pre-legislative scrutiny before parliament breaks for summer recess
    next month, Community Care has learned.

    A revised version of the bill, which first appeared in 2002
    creating a storm of protest within the mental health field, will
    still contain controversial – albeit redefined – measures for
    compulsory treatment orders.

    Leading mental health charities such as Mind condemned proposals to
    treat people in the community. They argued that, if forced to take
    medication, people would be reluctant to seek help.

    Measures to deal with people diagnosed with untreatable personality
    disorders will also remain. However, they too will be redefined,
    although it is not yet known how.

    The draft bill will finish its time in committee before the end of
    the parliamentary session, allowing for the resulting bill to be
    included in the Queen’s speech.

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