Mental Health Patients: Discharge - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords am 2:53 pm ar 5 Mawrth 2024.

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Photo of Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate Ceidwadwyr 2:53, 5 Mawrth 2024

My Lords, as a former mental health commissioner, I know that the default position regarding long-term in-patients back in the 1980s and 1990s was to ensure they were given a place in the community. As a result, successive Governments closed down many of our institutions. Can my noble friend comment on the balance between present institutional care and its desirability for many in-patients, and in-patients who are regarded as being in the community but are not necessarily protected sufficiently when they are?