In November 2008 the Mental Health Act 1983 was amended by the Mental Health Act 2007. The purpose of these amendments was
To ensure patients receive the care they need to protect them and the wider public from harm
To support modernised services
To strengthen patient safeguards
To remedy Human Rights incompatibilities
The 2007 Act also introduced “deprivation of liberty safeguards” through amending the Mental Capacity Act 2005; and has extended the rights of victims by amending the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.