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Changes to the Mental Health Act 2008

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.  

IMHA Patient Leaflet

IMHA Patient Leaflet
Summary: IMHA Patient Leaflet provided by NHS Hampshire
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Created: 15 September 2011
Last Modified: 15 September 2011
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Department of Health
(Mental Health Act)

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(Mental Health Act)

Care Quality Commission

Ministry of Justice (Mental Health Tribunal Guidance)