get 'places of safety' cash
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have welcomed government funding of £130m for mental health
trusts to build appropriate "places of safety" for sectioned
people brought in by police.
many people picked up by police under mental health sectioning powers
are taken to police stations as the place of safety for further
a parliamentary joint committee on human rights has warned such
a practice may mean that patient rights are being breached. Police
cells have been widely criticised as being an inappropriate environment
to detain someone in acute distress.
department of health money is earmarked for updating psychiatric
inpatient wards to provide such places of safety.
Corry, director of campaigns and communications with the mental
health charity Rethink, said: "This welcome new announcement
will bring the day closer when police stations are no longer used
anywhere to house people in acute medical need."
Corlett, director of policy at another mental health charity, Mind,
said: "We hope that the investment will reach all parts of
the country, including rural areas."
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