Published On: 21 February 2022

Commenting on the CQC’s annual report on the use of the Mental Health Act, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said:

“We’re glad to see this important report pay attention to the pervasive racism that affects Black and minority ethnic people’s access to mental health treatment, care experiences and quality of outcomes. The fact that Black people are four times as likely as White people to be detained under the Mental Health Act is just one example of the severe impact that health inequalities can have on people’s life chances. The question we need to ask now is: what steps is the CQC going to take as a regulator, in response to this evidence? We need to see urgent action, rather than passing the buck, if we have a chance of making long overdue progress on mental health inequalities.”


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  2. About the Race Equality Foundation: The Race Equality Foundation is a national charity tackling racial inequality across public services to improve the lives of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Its areas of work cover health and care, housing, children and families, employment, communities and more.