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Inquiry and Review

The government have today announced a review of sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. This does not appear to be something that individuals can directly contribute to but the press release from the Secretary of State for Health makes it clear that this is a joint review with the home office and … Continue reading

After Cheshire West

We saw last week’s judgment from the UK Supreme Court on deprivation of liberty safeguards in the case that became known as “Cheshire West” – it may be worth refreshing your memory about the ruling ahead of this post unless you’ve follow the issue as keenly some.  I’ve spent the week watching with interest as … Continue reading

Overcoming Inertia

Imagine a world in which the NHS mental health system endures a particular kind of problem which centres around the police consistently not doing their job or not doing it properly. Imagine an issue of some importance to mental health professionals and patients alike, because it concerns their safety and their physical integrity – the … Continue reading

Civil Contingencies Act 2004

If you ever find yourself at a literary loose end - perhaps shortly after you’ve exhausted all of your Dostoevsky and your Mills and Boon – you could turn your hand to the less-than-riveting read of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.  I will admit: it’s not really a page-turner and there’s no interesting plot twist toward … Continue reading

A Gilded Cage Is Still A Cage

The long-awaited judgment in “Cheshire West” case was made public yesterday.  It is being seen as a somewhat radical decision in the extension of protection to vulnerable people and it all concerns the phrase “deprivation of liberty” for the purposes of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. So anticipated was this verdict that mental health professionals … Continue reading

Ever Greater Utility

Imagine you are driving your car along a main road in my policing area and you manage to transgress a red traffic light, having recognised too late that you were approaching a controlled junction. I’ve spotted this violation and pull you over just after the junction with a colleague. Imagine the interaction went like this … Continue reading

Abandoning Police Cells

Yesterday in Parliament the Care Bill 2013 reached its report stage in the House of Commons.  I learned via social media that certain MPs, including former care minister Paul BURSTOW and former GP and police surgeon Dr Sarah WOLLASTON, have tabled an amendment to the Bill, additionally suggesting that the words “police station” be removed from s135(6) … Continue reading

A Dozen Little Details

The Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 is almost four hundred pages long, divided into thirty-odd chapters and it is an awful lot to take in. I did read it right through many years ago and vowed I would never do so again! I will probably have to do so at the … Continue reading

NHS Change Day

You may or may not be aware of NHS Change Day – a grassroots initiative within our health service where individual people of all levels and professional backgrounds pledge to do something, however large or small, to improve the NHS. In a stroke of genius by Dr Kate GRAINGER for example, she has pledged to … Continue reading

Querulous Paranoia

Some years ago my chief inspector rang me up and told me he’d left an envelope on my desk.  He’d appointed me investigating officer for some complaints made against various police officers and the file of paperwork which had come via the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the force’s Professional Standards Department was bound together … Continue reading


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