Mental Health and Incapacity Legislation (Review)

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

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Photo of Angela Constance Angela Constance Scottish National Party

I declare an interest as a former mental health officer. I very much welcome the overarching review. Given the role of mental health officers in ensuring that people’s rights are protected and respected, particularly when compulsory care or treatment is being considered, will the minister take on board the fact that, despite the increase in the number of mental health officers, 22 local authorities still report a shortage of MHOs? Will the minister commit to specific engagement with mental health officers as a group of professionals?