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Ensure patients suffering from mental health conditions have greater control over their treatment

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We will legislate so that patients suffering from mental health conditions, including anxiety or depression, have greater control over their treatment and receive the dignity and respect they deserve.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.11

Our verdict

  • This is a promise to change the law to give people suffering from mental health conditions more of a say in their treatment.
  • The government has promised to remove elements of the Coronavirus Act 2020, as passed on 25 March 2020, which reduced mental health patients’ control over their treatment, but at the time of writing those provisions remain in place.
  • The Coronavirus Act 2020 currently includes measures which, albeit in exceptional circumstances, run counter to the aim of the promised legislation in this manifesto pledge, so until those are removed, this policy is ‘broken’.

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