The Government has confirmed plans to change mental health law in England and Wales, following calls from campaigners. The reforms could take a few years to come into force, as there will need to be a new law that will need to be voted on in Parliament. The need for the reforms was highlighted by new NHS data which was made available last week, which showed the number of mental health inpatients with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism in June 2021. The changes to the law could result in fewer autistic people being sent to mental health hospitals based on their diagnosis.

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