Patients have fewer rights than they think

A survey of 1000 adults conducted by The Patients Association – an independent research organisation based in Wales – suggests that the majority of NHS patients believe they have more rights than they actually do.

Prison Mental Health Services in Focus at Hafal AGM 2005

The lack of adequate mental health services for mentally disordered offenders (MDOs) will be one of the discussion points at Welsh mental health charity Hafal’s 2005 Annual General Meeting to be held at Llandrindod Wells on 17th November…

Proposed Bill Targets Prison Mental Health Services

A private members’ bill proposed in parliament this week by Conservative MP Charles Hendry aims to make it law for prisons to provide appropriate treatment to mentally ill inmates. Speaking in Parliament, Hendry stated that a constituent of his who suffered from mental illness and who eventually committed suicide in part inspired the bill.

Government statement on the Mental Health Bill

Following rumours that the Mental Health Bill has been shelved, the Department of Health has informed us that the Government does intend to introduce it “when parliamentary time allows”…

BME Consultation on Mental Health Bill is “Last Minute”

Plans for the Department of Health to meet with representatives from BME communities this week to discuss the proposed Mental Health Bill – part of the Government’s Race Equality Impact Assessment on the Bill – have been labelled last-minute and insufficient by BME organisations…

Independent reports that Mental Health Bill has been shelved

The Independent has reported that the Mental Health Bill, which was due to be introduced into Parliament before Christmas, has been shelved by the Government. This has not been verified officially but our sources suggest something is afoot.