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The “protect mental health patients from excessive force” Bill

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This Bill aims to regulate the use of force against mental health patients.

It will require hospitals to publish data on how and when physical force is used, and improve oversight and training so staff are aware of the risks of unconscious bias against minority groups such as young black men with mental ill health.


This is a Private Members Bill, created after a ballot. Steve Reed MP, whose Bill this is says he chose to introduce this Bill after one of his constituents, Olaseni Lewis, died as a result of being forcibly pinned down by 11 police officers after his family sought help when he showed signs of mental ill health.

According to the charity INQUEST, there have been over 1500 deaths in custody since 1990. Many suffered from mental ill health, with a disproportionate number of those who die in custody from black and minority ethnic communities.


This is a Private Members Bill, introduced by Steve Reed, a backbench MP.

Other Arguments

It is hard to argue against the substance of this Bill, and it is expected to get cross party support.

How to get involved

You can contact your own MP or the sponsor of this Bill, Steve Reed MP. The charity INQUEST also campaigns on the subject of deaths in custody.

If I don’t act, will it go through?

This Bill was drawn second in the Private Members Bill ballot, so it doe have a chance of becoming law with cross party support.