Mental health groups oppose draft Bill

People with mental illness will be treated like criminals under a proposed new law, warn mental health charities in Wales.

Mind Cymru has described the Bill as “unworkable and regressive” and Hafal, another organisation working in Wales for families and carers living with severe mental illness, has said that it is “imbalanced” and was inconsistentwith the National Assembly’s policies on mental health.

The Bill broadens the concept of compulsory treatment and its opponents fear it will be used to impose treatment on people who have the capacity to decide for themselves.

The Law Society’s response to the Bill states “The central provisions of the draft bill are legally, morally and ethically undesirable. Many of the proposals represent an erosion of human rights.”