Sectioning is 'traumatic' and 'damaging' for society's most vulnerable people - report
The number of people being compulsorily treated under the 1983 Mental Health Act with 63,600 detained in 2015-16.
04:02, UK,Thursday 06 December 2018
The government says it will draw up new legislation after a review of mental health provision found some of the most vulnerable people in society are being given treatment that can be "traumatic" and "damaging".
The independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983, set up by the prime minister in October 2017, found that major investment was needed in mental health provision including upgrading of some of the most "dilapidated" facilities in the NHS.
Chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, it said compulsory treatment, or sectioning, must be a last resort and more care should be provided in the community before people reach a crisis point and need to be detained.
It found that it could be "traumatic" and "damaging" to be held under the Act and that it was normally used on patients when they are at their most vulnerable.
Reacting to the review's conclusions Theresa May said fresh legislation will go before parliament in the new year.
Mrs May said: "I commissioned this review because I am determined to make sure those suffering from mental health issues are treated with dignity and respect, with their liberty and autonomy respected.
"By bringing forward this historic legislation - the new Mental Health Bill - we can ensure people are in control of their care, and are receiving the right treatment and support they need."