Barbara Keeley responds to the rise in Mental Health Act detentions


Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health,
commenting on the rise in Mental
Health Act detentions, said:

“There is no
doubt that severe Tory cuts to the community services that intervene before
people’s mental health reaches crisis point, alongside cuts to other local
treatments have contributed massively to the rise in detentions.

“The Tories
have undone improvements seen under the last Labour Government in reducing
detentions, achieved by building teams to intervene early in cases of psychosis
and by providing crisis and home resolution treatment.

“It’s time
the Tories faced up to the damage they have done to mental health services and
immediately invest in and ring-fence mental health budgets, as Labour has


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