Major concerns are that the registers will create a service of control not care, encourage breaches of patient confidentiality and stigmatise people already the target of unjust discrimination - particularly in the case of black people who are more likely than white people to be compulsorily detained in hospital. There is no provision for independent review of, or appeal against, the decision to 'register' a patient.
The registers were introduced by the Government with indecent haste - after a laughably short four-day 'consultation' period. Let's hope they can be replaced just as speedily - with a properly resourced community care system in their stead.
Offering decent community care is the only realistic way to allay psychiatrists' fears that they will be scapegoated for further tragedies and, more importantly from Mind's point of view, the best chance to remove the second-class status given to people experiencing mental health problems.
Head of Legal and Parliamentary Unit
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