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S5W-03036: Ross Thomson (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on reports that proper procedures are not always followed when people are detained under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, and what action it plans to take on this issue.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 30 September 2016

The Mental Welfare Commission is an independent organisation and has been tasked with ensuring that the care, treatment and support for people with mental illness, learning disability and related conditions is lawful.

They carry out statutory duties which involve monitoring the care and treatment of people under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and regularly report their findings. These reports identify any issues with the way the law is used and the Commission will recommend changes to both service providers and the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government reviews these reports and the actions needed to address the recommendations made by the Commission.