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Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2018/19

By February 11, 2020National News

Monitoring the Mental Health Act is the Care Quality Commission (CQC)  annual report on the use of the Mental Health Act (MHA). It looks at how providers are caring for patients, and whether patients’ rights are being protected.


  • Services must apply human rights principles and frameworks. Their impact on people should be continuously reviewed to make sure people are protected and respected.
  • People must be supported to give their views and offer their expertise when decisions are being made about their care.
  • People who are in long-term segregation can experience more restrictions than necessary. They also may experience delays in receiving independent reviews. This is particularly true for people with a learning disability and autistic people.
  • People do not always get the care and treatment they need. Some services struggle to offer appropriate options, both in the community and in hospital.
  • It is difficult for patients, families, professionals and carers to navigate the complex laws around mental health and mental capacity.

For more information go to the CQC website (opens in a new tab)

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