Date lodged: 10 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how many people were detained on the basis of an emergency detention certificate issued by a GP in the last year for which information is available.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 7 September 2016
The Scottish Government does not hold the information requested however the Mental Welfare Commission is an independent organisation, which reports to Scottish Ministers and was set up to find out whether individual care and treatment is in line with the law and good practice. As part of this role they produce statistics and analysis on the use of mental health and incapacity legislation. They have a statutory responsibility to monitor the use of the Mental Health Act, and their website contains statistical reports its use in 2014-2015.You can access their site using the following link: http://www.mwcscot.org.uk/publications/