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Community treatment plan

The Government is going ahead with plans to introduce supervised treatment in the community to ensure patients with mental health problems comply with treatment after hospital discharge.

The proposals ­ announced last week after the controversial draft mental health bill was scrapped ­ would mean chang-es to existing laws and could result in detention for patients who refuse treatment.

Under the new plans, patients for whom an 'appro-

priate treatment' is available could be held for treatment


Currently only patients whose condition is classed as 'treatable' can be held in


The Department of Health said the plan for supervised treatment in the community would prevent relapses.

Health minister Rosie Winterton said: 'Introducing supervised community treatment is a vital part of getting help to people who need it, supporting carers and protecting the wider public.'

But a spokesman for the Mental Health Alliance, a group of 77 organisations, warned: 'If this increases the number of people brought into compulsory care, people developing severe mental health problems would not come forward for help.'

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