Word games

Incredible. The government intends to remove Lords’ amendments to the Mental Health Bill designed to protect children who end up on entirely unsafe and unhelpful adult hospital wards.

During the bill’s passage through the Lords, peers introduced an amendment saying there should be age-appropriate care for young people who end up on adult mental health wards.

But during a Commons debate on the bill last week Hewitt said: “In my view we need to focus on continuing to improve the services we provide for children and adolescents rather than believe that simply making changes to the law will solve the problem.”

Funny thing is, they didn’t want to listen to that argument (or anything else for that matter) when the Antisocial Behaviour Act was on the table and the words actually made sense.


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