Mental Health and Incapacity Legislation (Review)

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

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It is important to say, at the outset, that there already are a number of safeguards under mental health legislation—the right to appeal detention, independent advocacy and, of course, the review of compulsory treatment by a mental health review tribunal. The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland also safeguards rights.

I do not disagree with Alex Cole-Hamilton that the area should be looked at. We are looking at mental health legislation across the piece—and not just at those who access services informally, but at those who are subject to detention. I expect the area to be looked at by the review.