Backing for Seni case law
SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson is backing a new law that tackles the inappropriate use of force in mental health units.
Mr Esterson was in Parliament on Friday, traditionally a day that MPs spend in their constituencies, to vote for “Seni’s law” which will require hospitals to report when and how much force is used on patients in hospitals.
The Bill passed its second reading with all-party support but is likely to need government support to make it on to the statute book.
This can only come if the Government allows time for the detailed scrutiny of the legislation or if the Government adds the Bill’s objectives to a piece of government legislation.
Mr Esterson said: “Seni’s law is an important piece of legislation as it improves oversight over the amount and type of force used to restrain mentally ill patients.
“People have died in hospitals after being restrained, in fact Seni (Lewis) died in these circumstances in 2010.
“His family and others in the same situation deserve to know the truth about what happened to their loved ones.
“If the Bill was passed, the law would require hospitals to publish data on when and what sort of force was used, and would ensure that an independent inquiry would be triggered after any non-natural death in a mental health unit.”