Mental Health Treatment Bill 2017
The Prime Minister has stated that the Mental Health Act 1983 will be repealed following a Conservative victory in the June 2017 general election. See press articles for details. This proposed Bill never materialised but see: SSHSC, LC and SSJ, 'Reforming the Mental Health Act' (CP 355, 2021, consultation from 13/1/21 to 21/4/21).
- Michael Savage, 'Theresa May pledges mental health revolution will reduce detentions' (Guardian, 7/5/17)†
- Ben Riley-Smith, 'Theresa May unveils biggest shake-up of mental health policies in 30 years' (Telegraph, 7/5/17)†
- Felicity Auer and Joanna Dean, 'Mental health: focus' (Legal Action, May 2017, p34)†. This article (written before the Conservative party's policy announcement) proposes wide-ranging reforms to the MHA 1983 "to bring it into the 21st century and in line with international human rights law" under the following headings: mental disorder; nearest relative; involuntary treatment; involuntary detention; fusion of mental health law and mental capacity law.
- Conservative and Unionist Party, 'Forward, Together: Our Plan for a Stronger Britain and a Prosperous Future' (2017 Manifesto, 18/5/17)‡