Mental Health and Incapacity Legislation (Review)

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

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Photo of Annie Wells Annie Wells Conservative

I thank the minister for the advance sight of her statement and welcome her announcement of an overarching review of mental health and incapacity legislation. It is imperative that individuals are not disempowered when it comes to their treatment. As far as possible, patients should be able to make decisions about their own lives.

Last year, someone came to me to discuss their experiences of compulsory detention and treatment many years ago. The lasting impact of that on their life and the considerable distress that it was still causing were clear. What consideration will the review give to a patient’s aftercare should compulsory detention and treatment take place? What consideration will be given to guidance around guardianship, for which, as we know, the figures are on the increase. When will the review conclude, and when will we know the timetable for taking forward recommendations thereafter?