Mental Health and Incapacity Legislation (Review)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 19th March 2019.

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Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

I welcome Alison Johnstone’s support for the review. We must have the voice of lived experience at the heart of the review. We need to involve partners and stakeholders, but we need to hear the voices of people who have been through mental health difficulties and accessed mental health services and the voices of their carers.

We will shortly appoint a chair of the review. I do not want to pre-empt how they will carry out the review within the parameters that I have set out, but a key aspect will be ensuring that stakeholders sit round the table and that we tap into the wealth of knowledge of, and hear the voices of, third sector organisations, healthcare professionals and other organisations that support people with mental health difficulties.