Readers register Mental Health Bill opposition

    Community Care readers are overwhelmingly opposed to the Mental Health Bill, an online poll has revealed. Of almost 200 respondents, 88 per cent said they did not believe the bill would be good for service users.

    A committee of MPs is considering the bill, with the government saying it will overturn amendments passed in the House of Lords.

    Meanwhile, the amendments have been backed by the Mental Health Alliance, the coalition of 80 charities, user groups and professional bodies set up to oppose the bill.

    Both sides of the argument will be represented at a debate at Community Care LIVE on 17 May, with speakers including Mind chief executive Paul Farmer and Kathryn Tyson, programme director for mental health at the Department of Health.

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