§ Mr. Meadowcroft
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will introduce legislation to provide an appeal procedure whereby an aggrieved party under section 62(3) of the Mental Health Act 1983 may contest a judgment made under that section; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Patten
No. The enactment of the provisions in the Mental Health Act 1983 concerning consent to treatment and the related safeguards followed extensive debate in Parliament. These provisions are now being closely monitored by the Mental Health Act Commission who will no doubt bring to our notice any difficulties arising under this Section of the Mental Health Act.
If the hon. Member would care to let me have details of any specific matter which he believes may give cause for concern, I shall be glad to look into it.