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Mental health consultation

Published: 10 Mar 2016 13:30

Chance to give views on new legislation.

People in Scotland with an interest in mental health services have the chance to give their views on how a new piece of legislation should be implemented.

The Mental Health Act (Scotland) 2015 was passed into law by the Scottish Parliament last year, amending parts of the previous 2003 Act to further strengthen patients' rights.

Now service users, mental health professionals, organisations and others can comment on the best way to implement the Act.

The Act will create a new central register of advance statements - documents where patients record how they want to be treated in the event they lose the capacity to make their own decisions. In the consultation people will be asked for views on how the uptake of these advanced statements can be increased.

Other consultation questions will ask for views on changes to regulations that safeguard service-user's rights.

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said:

"The 2015 Mental Health Act contains some important changes to the way that mental health services are run in Scotland, to further strengthen patients' rights. Having been passed by parliament last year, we are now moving towards implementing the measures contained in the Act.

"I hope we can get a good range of responses from people across the country. The feedback of people who have experience of mental health services, either as users, professionals, or other interested parties, will help us to plan implementation in the best possible way. It will mean that we can ensure that the Act achieves the changes we want to see – stronger rights, and better patient involvement in decisions about their care."

Notes to editors

The consultation is being run online until 30 May and can be accessed here.