Sectioning is ‘traumatic’ and ‘damaging’ for society’s most vulnerable people – reportIvy Madziva
The of people being compulsorily treated under the 1983 Mental Health Act with 63,600 detained in 2015-16.
The review says sectioning should be a last resort and police cells should never be used
The government says it will draw up new legislation after a review of mental health provision found some of the most vulnerable people in society are being given treatment that can be “traumatic” and “damaging”.
The independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983, set up by the prime minister in October 2017, found that major investment was needed in mental health provision including upgrading of some of the most “dilapidated” facilities in the NHS.
Chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, it said compulsory treatment, or sectioning, must be a last resort and more care should be provided in the community before people reach a crisis point and need to be detained.