Norman Lamb responds to the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing Report

News item posted: 04 April 2014

In response to the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing Report, Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support said;

"I welcome the Independent Commission's report and I look forward to reading its recommendations in detail.

I strongly believe that there is a lot that can be done to not only immensely improve interaction between the police and those with mental health problems, but also to address serious concerns about crisis care for those with mental health conditions more generally. This is a deeply-rooted, longstanding and stark inequity which I am committed to working together with colleagues across Government and the health and care system, including Lord Adebowale, to redress.

I would like to pay tribute to Victor Adebowale as Chair of the Independent Commission, as well as its other members, for bringing to light some very important issues, and for reaffirming the fact that mental health is everyone's business. This report focuses on London but there are clearly lessons to be learnt on a national scale."