March 2016

The Society’s committees have been working on a number of Scottish Parliament and UK Parliament Bills and consultations including the Criminal Verdicts Bill, LBTT Amendment Bill and post-legislative scrutiny of the Family Law Act 2006.

Other key areas are highlighted below. For more information see the law reform section of the website

Independent National (whistleblowing) officer

Our Health and Medical Law Committee responded to a Scottish Government consultation on proposals for the introduction of the role of an Independent National (Whistleblowing) Officer. The proposed role is intended to provide an independent and external review on the handling of Scottish healthcare whistleblowing cases.

We believe setting out clear parameters and the powers of an INO would also be essential to ensure consistency in dealing with any issues or complaints and that the role should have prescribed powers if it is to address any gaps not covered by existing policies.We have recommended, amongst other things, that and that the INO should provide a ‘best practice’ whistle blowing policy that all health boards adopt as a minimum standard of practice and that the powers should include the ability to compel a public body to provide evidence and to enforce recommendations if required.

Our response is available to read in the law reform section of the website