Home Secretary needs to be alerted every time police attend mental health wards

Friday, 01 July 2016

Charles_Walker_OBE_MP_3_Charles Walker MP's call for the Home Secretary to be notified whenever police are deployed onto psychiatric wards, reflects the widespread concern over the absence of any transparency around this practice. The need for independent investigations into every incident was flagged up as a way of addressing the culture of cover-up that currently surrounds such cases. These demands, which were made during the Policing and Crime Bill debate, are a sign of progress, but fall short of the outright ban of police presence on wards that BMH UK is lobbying for.

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