Lord Patel to the rescue once again - caution to MH service users.

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This time Lord Patel attempted to prevent a clause in the health bill.

Basically this is about continuing care, and affects mental health users in particular.

After hospitalisation there is a duty of after care, this used to be part of the NHS. I am not fully conversant, so I can direct you to this, which is fairly clear;

    Under section 117 of the Mental Health Act, primary care trusts and local authority social services are required to work together to jointly provide necessary aftercare free of charge - such as daycare places, accommodation in the community and medication administration - for patients discharged after being sectioned.

    But the health and social care bill's Clause 39 removes that duty, and enables the new clinical commissioning groups and local authorities to take separate decisions.

    In a piece for the Guardian's Social care network, Louise Kirsh, parliamentary manager for mental health charity Mind, explains:

    "... this means either health or social services could be withdrawn from individuals without the other provider being consulted, seriously damaging that person's care package at a time when they are incredibly vulnerable."

    Kirsh adds:

    "Section 117 will no longer be a freestanding duty and, instead, CCGs will only provide health services under the NHS Act 2006. As the NHS Act includes provision for charging for aftercare, this opens up the possibility of the individual having to pay for their vital services.

    "Clause 39 flies in the face of the government's rhetoric about health and social care integration. It does precisely the opposite of this, removing the need for each provider to communicate with the other and increasing the likelihood of codependent services being removed, at great risk to the individual."

    Patel is former chair of the Mental health Act commission. His amendment - which is supported by crossbencher Lord Adebowale, the chief executive of the Turning Point charity - demands that the joint duty of co-operation is retained, and that the existing safeguards against charging remain in place.

Both Lord Patel and Lord Adebowale have shown great humanity in the face of extreme provocation, and their stamina in facing down the government over this and the Welfare Reform bill is to be applauded.
They have worked incredibly hard on many aspects of both bills, kudos to them and the other Lords who have taken on this responsibility and not shirked their duties.


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I know mentally disabled people.

This is very bad news if support is broken up. All the ones I have known have needed strong support and help. It should never be removed.
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Its on the parliament channel now, if anyone wants to watch.

Its quite soothing compared to the Commons coverage.


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Watched quite a lot of it  and had watched a lot of the health bill too.. find it pretty fascinating and have been impressed by the politeness and courtesy compared with the HOC!

Both the Lord Patels have been very impressive imo and really fought for what they thought was right
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Thank dog for Lord Patel!