Changes to mental health legislation

The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee is asking for views on changes to the treatment of those with mental health disorders.

The Mental Health (Scotland) Bill amends the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003.

Proposals include creating a new central register of advance statements to be held by the Mental Welfare Commission. Advance statements are documents where mentally ill patients record how they want to be treated in the event of them losing the capacity to make their own decisions.

Other proposals in the legislation would allow mentally ill patients to decide not to have a named person assigned to them if they choose. The named person can make decisions about how the patient is treated if they are unable to decide themselves.

The Mental Health (Scotland) Bill was published on 19 June. The deadline for the call for evidence is Friday 22 August.

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