Magazine article Public Finance

Mental Health Bill 'Needs Race Equality' Boost

Magazine article Public Finance

Mental Health Bill 'Needs Race Equality' Boost

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The Commission for Racial Equality's decision to investigate the Department of Health has prompted calls for new mental health legislation to be amended to promote racial equality.

The watchdog has concerns that race impact assessments are not being properly carried out on DoH policies, and last week it announced a formal investigation.

People with mental health needs from black and ethnic minority communities are six times more likely to be compulsorily detained, mental health campaigners say.

Andy Bell, chair of the Mental Health Alliance, told Public Finance that the passage of the Mental Health Bill presented a good opportunity for race equality to be written into law. He said the absence of any race-related measures in the Bill was 'very conspicuous'. …

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