Seni’s law: Commons setback for mental health unit reforms


A aimed new law to avoid the excessive use of force in mental health units has failed to get a third understanding in the Commons.

The government backs the legislation – dubbed “Seni’s law” after a man who died in charge after being restrained by police officers.

But it ran out of Commons time, with one Tory MP address for 148 minutes.

Campaigners are hoping it will make progress when it indemnities to the Commons on 6 July.

The Bill has been inspired by the case of Olaseni Lewis, who was comprehended as Seni to his friends and family.

The 23-year-old, from South Norwood, in London, died in September 2010, light of days after he fell unconscious while being restrained by 11 Metropolitan Protect officers at Bethlem Royal Hospital.

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The measures aim to better govern the use of force in relation to patients in conceptual health units – and make those who use force more accountable.

It thinks fitting require police officers to wear body cameras while display out restraint unless there are legitimate operational reasons for not doing so.

Any non-natural ruin in a mental health unit would automatically trigger an independent analysis under the plans.

Labour MP Steve Reed, who brought forward the legislation in a Reticent Member’s Bill, said it was Mr Lewis’s legacy and would prevent anyone else accepted through what he and his family had been through.

Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price undergo punishment for tribute to Mr Lewis’s family – who were watching the debate from the visible gallery – for the “dignified” way they have campaigned for justice and for change look into b pursuing his death.

She said the bill would bring real change in nutty health treatment.

Conservative MP Philip Davies spoke for nearly two-and-a-half hours, hail more than 100 amendments put to the Mental Health Units (Use of Wrench Bill) at report stage by MPs, including several of his own.

The Shipley MP clashed many times with his own front bench over the need for some of his amendments, at one manoeuvre branding ministers “shameful” after being told one was “unnecessary”.

Other MPs also said their frustration at the length of his speech, which finished after 148 notes.

Mr Davies argued the government should accept changes to improve the situation of the proposed legislation.

With less than 10 minutes for consideration time on the bill’s third reading, time ran out during a speech by another Orthodox MP, Sir Christopher Chope, who then went on to block another bill, that determination have outlawed “upskirting”.

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