Committee Updates July 2015

Mental Health (Scotland) Bill

The Mental Health (Scotland) Bill was unanimously passed by MSPs at Stage 3 on Wednesday 24 June. 

The Mental Health and Disability committee is of the view that the bill will bring some additional clarity to the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (the “2003 Act”).  The committee was particularly pleased that the bill was amended after Stage 2 to remove the proposed extension of the period of short-term detention from five days to ten days; and that an amendment was accepted at Stage 3 extending the right of appeal against cross-border transfers to named persons and other relevant parties. 

However, a number of concerns were not addressed.  In particular the committee sought to give a right of appeal to curators ad litem and to introduce the use of recorded matters in compulsion orders and compulsion and restriction orders but these proposals were not accepted by the government.

Our briefings on the Bill are on our website