Views called for on changes to Scottish mental health legislation

2nd July 2014

Views on changes to the treatment of those with mental health disorders have today been called for by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee.

The Mental Health (Scotland) Bill amends the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003 and proposals include:

  • Creating a new central register of advance statements to be held by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
  • Allowing people to decide not to have a named person assigned to them if they choose
  • Extension of the criminal justice victim notification scheme to offenders who are detained in hospital under a mental health order

Convener of the Committee, Duncan McNeil MSP, said:

The quick and effective treatment of those with mental health problems is vital if we are to provide high quality care.

“We want to hear from people from across Scotland, particularly service users and their representatives, as it’s vital for us as a Committee when we are scrutinising these new proposals that we determine if this legislation will result in improved outcomes for those that need it.”

The Committee is asking for a views on the proposed legislation regarding the following questions:

  • Do you agree with the general policy direction set by the Bill?
  • Do you have any comments on specific proposals regarding amendments to the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003 as set out in Part 1 of the Bill?
  • Do you have any comments on the provisions in Part 2 of the Bill on criminal cases?
  • Do you have any comments to make on Part 3 of the Bill and the introduction of a victim notification scheme for mentally disordered offenders?
  • Is there anything from the McManus Report that’s not been addressed in the Bill and that you consider merits inclusion in primary legislation? If so, please set out why.
  • Do you have any other comment to make about the Bill not already covered in your answers to the questions above?

The deadline for the call for evidence is Friday 22 August 2014. Click here for more information and details on how to respond.

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