Prime Minister Theresa May said she is “looking at” the treatment of black people by mental health services amid claims of “institutional racism”. Labour MP Steve Reed has called for an inquiry.
A new street triage Scheme has been introduced across South Bucks, which aims to offer improved immediate support to those suffering ill mental health who call the police in a crisis state.
A four-year battle for justice ended in victory as an inquest jury found neglect contributed to the death of Kingsley Burrell. He suffered a cardiac arrest after being restrained for a prolonged period of time with a towel over his head at the Oleaster Health Unit.
Section 135 of the Act gives police officers powers to enter private premises – with a warrant – to remove a person suspected of being in urgent need of a mental health assessment. Section 136 gives them powers to remove someone from a public place to a ‘place of safety’.