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Joint Committee on the draft Mental Health Bill to question NHS and CQC mental health leaders

21 November 2022

The Joint Committee will hear from representatives of NHS and mental health providers and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

They are expected to examine what impact the draft Mental Health Bill will have on the workforce, and any implementation challenges it may entail. Members are likely to ask whether the Government have allocated sufficient funding and workforce provisions to enact the bill’s aims.

The Committee may also investigate allegations of abuse and deaths in mental health hospitals. The complaints process, which has been described by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman as “confusing for people using mental health care, as well as their families and for their carers” may be discussed. What could be done to reduce BAME detention rates may also be discussed.  


From 3.45pm:

  • Sean Duggan, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network 
  • Jemima Burnage, Deputy Director of Mental Health, Care Quality Commission 
  • Saffron Cordery, Chief Executive, NHS Providers 
  • Peter Devlin, Co-Chair Association of Directors of Adult Social Services National Mental Health Network

Further information

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