Theresa May Vows to Replace ‘Flawed’ Mental Health Act
The Conservatives have pledged to scrap the Mental Health Act 1983 if they are re-elected
The proposals are described by the conservatives as the biggest change to mental health treatment law in more than 30 years; they have assured that mental health professionals, patients and charities would be consulted on the plans, which have come about after the sharp increase in Mental Health Act detentions in recent years.
May said: “On my first day in Downing Street last July, I described shortfalls in mental health services as one of the burning injustices in our country. It is abundantly clear to me that the discriminatory use of a law passed more than three decades ago is a key part of the reason for this.
“So today I am pledging to rip up the 1983 Act and introduce in its place a new law which finally confronts the discrimination and unnecessary detention that takes place too often.”
The prime minister also promised to reform the Equality Act, ensuring that those with mental health conditions are not discriminated against at work – she also pledged that by 2020, there will be 10,000 more staff hired for NHS mental health services.