Responding to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said:
“I am grateful to Simon Wessely for the work he has done on the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act.
“While I welcome the outcome of the review, I believe this must be a first step towards more radical reforms.
“In the Government’s response to the Review, there must be a commitment to invest more money to support those at crisis point and help people before they reach crisis point. The Conservatives to date have failed to adequately invest in Mental Health. Without strong goals and commitments from the Government, rising detention rates will not be adequately challenged.
“Liberal Democrats demand better for patients. Where the Conservatives have failed, the Liberal Democrats would invest money and deliver the reforms necessary.”