Draft Bill Dropped

The Queen’s Speech yesterday included no reference to mental health legislation. The draft Mental Health Bill had ncountered fierce opposition from professional and user groups and the government is evidently backing off to consider what to do next.

John Abbott, Hafal’s Public Affairs Manager, comments “Ministers are putting a brave face on it but this is a significant retreat. The 1983 Act lives on for the moment and the challenge now is to find a consensus for reform”.