Rethink Mental Illness responds to to CQC report

26 February 2019

Alex Kennedy, head of campaigns and public affairs at Rethink Mental Illness, said:

Today the CQC released a report that looked into the standard of the delivery of mental health care in England. It is a vital barometer against which we can check how well the nation is doing.

Whilst we welcome the news that services are generally moving in the right direction, we should be particularly concerned that many of the wards on which people are treated under the Mental Health Act are unsafe and providing poor quality care.

  • It is a unacceptable that 17% of care plans still don’t show evidence of patient involvement, and 20% have no evidence of care plans for when they leave hospital.

Today’s report underlines why it so vital that the Government accepts and delivers on the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act’s recommendations, as it is imperative that people who need to be deprived of their liberty to be treated should receive an excellent standard of care.