11 January 2019

11th January 2005 - Race equality in mental health care

On 11th January 2005 the report 'Delivering race equality in mental health care' was published. It put in place measures to try and ensure equality of access, equality of experience, and equality of outcome in mental health care.

The report included a government response to the death of David Bennett, a 38-year-old African-Caribbean patient. He died on 30th October 1998 in a medium secure psychiatric unit in Norwich after face-down restraint by staff for around 25 minutes.

More recently,  the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into Mental Health Services for 2016/17 says "People from a Black background are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than those from a white background. Black children are more than twice as likely to grow up in a lone parent family. Black and Mixed ethnic boys are more likely than White boys to be permanently excluded from school and to be arrested as a teenager" and "disproportionate number of people from certain ethnic backgrounds, in particular Black people, are detained under the Mental Health Act". 

This recent CQC report does not say whether equality in care has been achieved. But it does show inequality before care is not there.

Thankyou to Mental Health History Timeline for the date.

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