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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.
  • On 13 January 2021 the government announced the publication of the Reforming the Mental Health Act white paper with a principal aim being to “empower individuals to have more control over their treatment and deliver on a key manifesto commitment”.
  • The white paper marks the start of a consultation process, which ends on 21 April 2021, and is a significant step towards the introduction of a new Mental Health Bill, so this policy is ‘in progress’.

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