Mind urge people to protest health bill amendment

Mind urge people to protest health bill amendment

As peers today debate an amendment to the health and social care bill, a leading mental health charity is calling on Britons to show their opposition. Mind is objecting to clause 39 of the bill, which would change section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Currently, this section places a duty on primary care trusts and local authorities to work together when someone is sectioned. This ensures that patients receive the right treatments and rehabilitation strategies. However, clause 39 will remove this duty and will cause care decisions to be taken separately. This may lead to a communication breakdown and the appropriate treatment not be administered. What's more, vital parts of the care package could be removed without the other provider being made aware. Mind are concerned that the amendment could also result in patients having to pay for the services they receive. Consequently the charity is asking for people to tweet their support for a campaign against the amendment. Read about support and personalised care at Barchester care homes for anyone with mental health concerns.