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Mental Health Bill moves important step closer to becoming law

Inside Croydon

Proposals for better care and monitoring of the use of force on patients with mental health issues look to end ‘unconscious bias’ against young black men

Steve Reed OBE could soon claim to be behind the first piece of legislation introduced by a Labour MP since 2010, after Seni’s Law yesterday completed the committee stage at the House of Commons.

Seni Lewis: died under restraint after being taken to hospital for treatment

The Mental Health (Use of Force) Bill was brought forward as a private member’s bill by Reed, the MP for Croydon North, in a response to the death under restraint of a 23-year-old mental health patient, Seni Lewis, in 2010. With cross-party support evident in the committee rooms in parliament yesterday, the Bill will get a third reading in the Commons later this year.

Seni’s Law is an effort to avoid individuals’ personal crisis turning into…

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