Oct 18: Landmark Broadmoor patient loses appeal to be released from detention - Albert Haines, who refuses to have psychiatric treatment, should not be discharged from his mental health section, tribunal panel decides
Sept 29: Landmark Broadmoor patient "dreams" of discharge from detention - but insists he will not have therapy - Albert Haines, the first psychiatric patient to appear in public in appeal
against detention admits he does not want to engage with
Sept 23: Broadmoor patient “determined to get heard” in landmark case - "I do not have a mental illness and I'm not a danger to anyone," says Albert Haines, due to be the first psychiatric patient to have appeal against 25 years of detention heard in public.
July 11: Man who "threatened" NHS psychological therapist wins £5k in out-of-court libel settlement - charity worker said decision shows that mental health professionals who make defamatory accusations against patients or their relatives in written correspondence are “not above the law”. By Adam James.
March 11: Mental health tribunal of Broadmoor patient to be heard in public - European law requires person with mental health problems to have same right of access to public hearing as non-disabled person, say judges
Sept 30: Schizophrenia patient, 69, forced to have hysterectomy - High Court rules against pensioner said to believe life-threatening condition is normal and does not require treatment.
March 15: Compulsory ECT is wrong - Psychiatry has a history of using damaging interventions, so it's time to end the magical faith in electroconvulsive therapy, argues psychiatrist Pat Bracken.
Jan 22: Psychiatric unit defends seclusion after complaint - Nottinghamshire NHS trust publicly states isolation used "as last resort" after patient kept in one room for past eight weeks.
Jan 15: "Allow people with mental health problems to be jurors" - campaigners step up fight after claiming government inaction
6: Surge in mental health treatment by force -
threat of compulsion now "hangs heavy" over patients,
says Mind chief executive Paul Farmer.
14: Objections over government plans for just one psychiatrist to
enforce mental health detention - "To take away just about
all the safeguards seems a serious step which removes protections
for patients and professionals" says Tony Zigmond of Royal
College of Psychiatrists.
17: Mental health courts launched (Justice Secretary Jack
Straw, left,at launch of new courts)
1: Psychiatric patient gets £400,000 compensation after failed
suicide bid -
judge said patient had experienced "undue suffering" after
being insufficiently monitored by the staff in hospital
15: Managing director wins landmark depression case - council
loses after claiming Christine Laird withheld her diagnosis in a
23: Use of powers to detain people under mental health law increased
by fifth - detentions for mental disorders in England increased
by 20% from 1996 to 2006
8: Homicides by mentally ill at record low, states research -
new study likely to call into question how best to assess number
of killings attributable to mental ill health
31: Government to consider repealing "discriminatory"
mental health law - ministers could overturn law from 16th century
which bars anyone detained in psychiatric hospital from standing
21: Almost all psychiatric patients oppose smoking ban on units,
- but patients at Rampton, pictured left, lose test case
for right to continue smoking. Judges ruled ban was justified for
"health and security" reasons.
20: Psychiatric patients launch test case for right to smoke while
- patients could be only group of people banned from smoking "in
the privacy of their own home", judges told
10: Private psychiatric units increasingly used to detain patients
- new figures show 24 per cent increase of detentions in independent
4: New law to protect most vulnerable mentally ill comes into force
- Mental Capacity Act "gives people with mental health
problems more control over their lives," says Paul Farmer of
4: Right to advocate for detained psychiatric patients - new
measure welcomed as mental health bill, after five years in the
making, is passed in parliament
28: Psychologists, nurses and occupational therapists to have new
psychiatric detention powers - "it will be possible for
clinicians to use this power in the best interest of clients,”
says Peter Kinderman, left
30: Rampton patient launches human rights test case over smoking
ban - Terrence Grimwood accuses hospital of violating his right
to respect for his private and home life
24: Five professional organisations leave Mental Health Alliance
- psychologists, mental health nurses and occupational therapists
express frustration at how the alliance has represented them
17: Leading psychiatrist turns down OBE in protest at "deeply
flawed" mental health bill - Suman Fernando fears planned
new law could exacerbate discimination of black people
14: Treating psychiatric patients under compulsion in community
has no clinical benefit, says report - there is no evidence
for decreased hospital readmission, improved medication compliance
or patient quality of life, states Institute of Psychiatry international
review of CTOs.
28: Peers defeat government over plans to extend compulsory plans
of treatment over mentally ill - controversial bill now due
to go before MPs after Easter
25: Mental health “tsar” accused of encouraging staff
to unlawfully coerce patients for treatment - row of words erupts
between chief executive of Mental Health Act Commission and Prof
25: Clinical psychologists should refuse to detain patients, academic
urges - new government law means psychologists will be required
to implement “social control”, argues David Harper
12: Government set to win bid to extend compulsion powers over mentally
ill, says MP
- "I do not think there will be a major Labour rebellion,"
says Lynne Jones of group of MPs with previous "misgivings”
over mental health bill.
Dec 12: CTOs do
not work...and that's according to the evidence base
treatment orders will help protect the public from mentally people
who kill, says the government. But what of the evidence for such
1: Government presses ahead to force some psychiatric patients
to take medication in community - plans in new mental health
23: Government drops key proposals of draft mental health bill
new "streamlined” bill will be an amendment to the
present mental health act, says mental health minister Rosie Winterton
1: Setback for mental health bill - backbench opposition could
force government defeat