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EXCLUSIVE – In a cell for being unwell: Manchester’s mentally ill LOCKED UP as ‘shameful’ NHS don’t have enough beds – Mancunian Matters

In Health, Leeds and Manchester Local News Contributions on October 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Exclusive by Ana Hine & Gabriella Swerling 

Mentally ill people in Manchester are being locked up in police cells because NHS cuts are forcing mental health units to close. 

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Lack of available beds and insufficiently trained hospital staff are some of the reasons for criminalising the mentally ill.

Under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, police have the power to hold someone in custody until a mental health professional can psychologically assess them.

Nationally, police estimate that at least 20% of their time is spent dealing with the mentally ill in this way.

“Let’s not forget they’ve not committed any offence,” said Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd.

“They are in a police cell simply because they are unwell and the NHS either can’t or won’t take them in. It’s shameful. Worse – it’s scandalous.” Read the rest of this entry »

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