Mental Health and Incapacity Legislation (Review)

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

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When the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 came into force, in 2005, it increased the rights and protections for people with mental disorders. Since then, huge advances have been made in mental health treatment and through the change in social attitudes.

As I said in my statement, 14 years after the introduction of that legislation, now is the time to review where we are. I answered a question about timescales and when I expect the review to report. I anticipate that that will be in 12 months’ time, but I do not want to put a firm timeline on that—it would be very naive of me to do that. It is a very complex piece of legislation, and the review will possibly encompass several other pieces of legislation. It is important that we do the work correctly, as rushing it would not do the matter justice.