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Friday 24 May 2013

Company Directors and the Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013

The Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013 (the “Act”) which came into force on 28 April 2013 has been widely welcomed by numerous mental health charities and mental healthcare professionals. Paul Farmer, the Chief Executive of Mind, the mental health charity, described the Act as a “watershed moment for attitudes to mental health”. And Sue Bailey, the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said the Act “goes some way to eradicating one of the last bastions of legalised discrimination”.

Gavin Barwell MP, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Croydon Central, who introduced the bill which led to the Act has claimed that it will “drag the law of this land into the 21st century” and have the effect of putting “an end to archaic laws which interfere with the rights of people with mental health problems from . . . becoming or remaining a company director”.

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