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Joint Committee on the draft Mental Health Bill questions mental health and prisons ministers

24 November 2022

Joint Committee on the draft Mental Health Bill examines the views of Ministers and NHS England leaders on the proposals made in the draft Mental Health bill and evidence heard during the Committee’s inquiry. 


Wednesday 23 November, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 1.45pm

  • Professor Tim Kendall, Clinician Director for Mental Health, NHS England
  • Dr Roger Banks, Clinical Director for Autism and Learning Disabilities, NHS England

At 2.30pm

  • Maria Caulfield MP, Minister for Mental Health and Women’s Health Strategy
  • Caroline Allnutt, Deputy Director, Mental Health Act, Serious Mental Illness and Offender Health, Department of Health and Social Care
  • David Nuttall, Deputy Director, Neurodiversity, Disability and Learning Disability, Department of Health and Social Care
  • Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Minister of State for Prisons, Parole and Probation
  • Anna Lacey, Deputy Director, Female Offenders and Offender Health Policy, Ministry of Justice

Questions are expected to cover changes to detention criteria, especially for people with autism and learning disabilities. The Committee may consider whether proposed legislative changes will, in practice, reduce racial inequalities in detention rates.

Ministers are likely to be asked about discrepancies between patients encountering treatment through the criminal justice system, rather than the medical system.

The session may also cover proposals to improve patient choice, the treatment on young people and children, and whether workforce and funding are sufficient to reach the draft Bill’s aims.

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