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Section 54 — Measures that may be authorised

Part of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 12:30 pm on 19th March 2003.

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Photo of Mary Mulligan Mary Mulligan Labour 12:30 pm, 19th March 2003

When I tried to intervene earlier, I was going to talk about patient deterioration and my concern that the ability to take action, even if that action is contrary to the wishes that were expressed previously, is important. Mary Scanlon is suggesting that we should wait until a person is so ill that they need emergency treatment before we do anything.

In relation to the question that Mary Scanlon asked before she gave way, I wonder whether she is aware that Executive amendments that we will come to later in stage 3 deal with additional safeguards around ECT that provide that a patient will not be given ECT without consent and which strengthen the safeguards for patients.