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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-23053: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether the short-life working group that will support the review of mental health and incapacity legislation should have at least one person with (a) lived experience who is opposed to the non-consensual treatment of adults, including mental health patients and adults with incapacity and (b) expertise in human rights.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 16 May 2019

The review will be stakeholder-driven and evidence-led and it is crucial that people, particularly those with lived experience, have an opportunity to make their views known.

This Government is determined to ensure that the views of patients, those with lived experience and those that care for them are front and centre of the work to be taken forward so that they can help shape the future direction of our legislation.

How the review is undertaken is a matter for the Chair, but the views of people with lived experience of compulsory care and treatment and their families and representatives must be central to the work of the review.