The King's Fund responds to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act

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Dr Helen Gilburt, Fellow in mental health policy at The King’s Fund said:

‘Today’s review reflects a frank view of the experiences of people with severe mental illness. It signals the need for a culture shift, where the rights and dignity of patients come first. This is dependent on having services with the capacity to respond to the needs and choices of service users and sufficient numbers of staff with the time and skills to provide that care. 

‘Many of the recommendations identify the need for best practice to become standard practice, rather than advocating for fundamental changes to the legislation. The vision outlined in this review is welcome but it cannot be achieved without a commitment in the forthcoming NHS long-term plan to address the continued financial pressures and workforce challenges which are compromising the quality of mental health care.’

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