Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Back Mental Health Powers for WAG

Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Back Mental Health Powers for WAG

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MPs in Westminster have backed a backbench AM proposal to give the Welsh Assembly Government legal powers to reform mental health services.

The Legislative Competence Order (Health and Health Services and Social Welfare) has been proposed by Conservative AM Jonathan Morgan, who also chairs the Assembly's Public Accounts Committee. It is the first nongovernment LCO proposal to get this far.

Morgan told Public Finance that the order would give the WAG powers to improve services for people before they became seriously ill, bringing together health and social services.

'The earlier you intervene and provide support, the better for individuals. We are talking about a very vulnerable group of people,' he said.

Current rights for people with mental illnesses and duties on public authorities are designed for people liable for detention. They do not deal in the most part with the provision of assessment, treatment and advocacy services. …

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