Mental Health & International Law

Mental Health Cop

When I woke up this morning, I was greated with a familiar message on Twitter from a duty inspector: “We have a male who has been sectioned under 2 MHA but they say there’s no bed.  He’s been here all night and no word of any bed today.  Can they do this and just expect us to lock him up?”  I sent back the hyperlink to a BLOG I wrote three years ago and sent some advice on escalating the incident to senior police officers and trying to do so to senior health managers.  The duty inspector then added that he’d been told there were “no mental health beds in England” and that they were having to try and ensure this guy’s wellbeing whilst knowing perfectly well he should be in hospital. A lot of NHS telephones seemed to be turned off during office hours, from what he reported back…

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