Barbara Keeley responds to independent review of the Mental Health Act
Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health, responding to the independent review of the Mental Health Act, said:
“The Prime Minister pledged to tackle the burning injustices of mental ill health but unless it takes urgent action to improve services and take action on the inequities facing ethnic minority communities it will squander the opportunity to reform the Mental Health Act and this will only serve to fan the flames of this dire injustice.
“The Conservative Government’s record on services treating those at risk of detention is woeful: over a third of specialist services rated as unsafe, a hollowed out workforce, mental health trusts having less to spend in real terms than in 2012 and there is still no Equalities Champion to oversee improvement in BAME mental health.
“At the last election, Labour pledged to increase mental health spending as part of wider NHS funding, investing in early intervention and ring-fencing budgets so that crucial resources reach the front line.