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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Draft Mental Health Bill

Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Health Bill
Draft Mental Health Bill

Wednesday 23 November 2022

Start times: 1.30pm (private) 1.45pm (public)


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In its final evidence session, the Joint Committee will question Maria Caulfield, Minister for Mental Health and Women’s Health Strategy, and Rt Hon Damian Hinds, Minister of State for Prisons, Parole and Probation.

Members will examine 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.

Meeting details

At 1.45pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Draft Mental Health Bill
National Clinical Director for Mental Health at NHS England
National Clinical Director for Learning Disability and Autism at NHS England
At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Draft Mental Health Bill
Minister for Mental Health and Women’s Health Strategy at Department of Health and Social Care
Deputy Director, Neurodiversity, Disability and Learning Disability at Department of Health and Social Care
Deputy Director, Mental Health Act, Serious Mental Illness and Offender Health at Department of Health and Social Care
Minister of State at Ministry of Justice
Deputy Director, Female Offenders and Offender Health Policy at 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. 

Location

Room 15, Palace of Westminster

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