Members of the Lords, including an opposition spokesperson for mental health and the CEO of Turning Point, discussed the key principles and purpose of the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill during second reading, on Friday 7 September.
This is a private member's bill. A private member's bill is a type of public bill (that affects the public). Private members' bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills.
This bill aims to increase oversight and management of the use of force in relation to people in mental health units and similar institutions and require police officers to wear body cameras when attending mental health units.
Members discussed a range of subjects, including the use of force in mental health units, the situation for young people and children and police response to mental health.
Committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, has yet to be scheduled.