Health Committee - First Report
Post-legislative scrutiny of the Mental Health Act 2007

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 10 July 2013.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

Post-legislative scrutiny

Background to the 2007 Act

2 The Appropriate Treatment Test, Community Treatment Orders and detention

Impact of the 2007 Act

Growth in detention

Impact of Community Treatment Orders on detention

Availability of beds in psychiatric wards

Detention in place of voluntary admissions

Availability of community services

Parity of esteem

3 Independent Mental Health Advocates

Access to advocacy

Responsibilities of clinicians

Commissioning and funding

The role and function of advocates

4 Places of safety


Hospital-based places of safety

Use of police custody

Detention of children under Section 136

5 Supervised Community Treatment

Purpose of the legislation

'Revolving door' patients

Effectiveness of community treatment orders

Variation in the use of CTOs

Effect of financial pressures on clinical decisions

6 Interaction with the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Deprivation of liberty safeguards

Implementation of the safeguards

Clinical responsibility

Urgent need for action

7 Ethnicity and the use of the Mental Health Act

Disproportionate representation of minority ethnic groups

Effect of the 2007 Act

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


List of printed written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Oral Evidence

26 February 2013

12 March 2013

Written Evidence

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