This week in Parliament Ynys Môn MP Albert Owen backed a Private Member’s Bill sponsored by Steve Reed MP to end the disproportionate use of force in our mental health services.
The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill came about when Seni Lewis, 23, died after being restrained by 11 police officers in a mental health unit.
“Seni’s case is one of thousands where mental health patients have been restrained incredibly disproportionately. It’s dangerous and has no place in modern health services. I’m proud to back this Bill along with a wide range of charities and campaigners, and it needs to become law.”
This law will provide a need for transparency, evidence, accountability and justice in all cases involving mental health patients
“This law will provide a need for transparency, evidence, accountability and justice in all cases involving mental health patients. Police who are called to restrain patients will be required to wear body cameras, staff will be trained in how to reduce the use of restraint, and any death resulting from the use of force will automatically trigger an independent investigation.
“I’ve been contacted by several constituents asking me to support this Bill, and I thank them for their continued campaigns to improve mental health services.”