source: BBC News
published: 15 June 2018
A planned new law to avoid the excessive use of force in mental health units has failed to get a third reading in the Commons.
The government backs the legislation – dubbed “Seni’s law” after a man who died in custody after being restrained by police officers.
But it ran out of Commons time, with one Tory MP speaking for 148 minutes. Campaigners are hoping it will make progress when it returns to the Commons on 6 July.
The Bill has been inspired by the case of Olaseni Lewis, who was known as Seni to his friends and family. The 23-year-old, from South Norwood, in London, died in September 2010, days after he fell unconscious while being restrained by 11 Metropolitan Police officers at Bethlem Royal Hospital.
The measures aim to better govern the use of force in relation to patients in mental health units – and make those who use force more accountable.