Dr Rosena Allin-Khan has described as “alarming” new data that shows Black people in England were four times more likely to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act last year than white people.
NHS figures released today reveal that Black people were detained for mental health reasons at a rate of 321.7 per 100,000 people in 2019-20, which is four times higher than the 73.4 per 100,000 rate among white people.
Labour’s shadow mental health minister has responded to the numbers by calling on the government to create a national strategy to tackle health inequality, as demanded by the new Lawrence Review.
Commenting on the health service figures and the need to implement a nationwide strategy to deal with racial inequalities in healthcare, Allin-Khan said: “These figures make for alarming reading.
“The racial disparity of detentions under the Mental Health Act underlines the need to address health inequalities, and to ensure provision is widely accessible and support is suitable for all.