Back­ing for Seni case law

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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.”

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