Publication date: 27 Nov, 2018
Welfare guardianships orders continue to increase according to Commission figures, with the total number of orders up 12 per cent on the previous year. The number of new guardianship orders granted increased by five per cent, a 149 per cent rise since 2008-09.
Colin McKay, Chief Executive of the Mental Welfare Commission, said:
The Commission worked on 24 investigations, seven of which were started during the year. The Commission closed eight cases as complete, with the Commission satisfied with the outcome or responses of services after its investigation. One investigation was published, "Investigation into the care and treatment of Mr QR by Health Board D", which involved a man who took his own life after being discharged from hospital.
The Commission also surveyed health boards on access to advocacy services, and published its findings. The report showed a varied level of planning and provision, and a lack of clarity.
The Commission's programme of local visits continued in 2017-18, with visits to 1,456 people across Scotland. Commission staff carried out 113 local visits to wards, units, and other facilities providing mental health care and treatment, 29 of which were unannounced.
Colin McKay added: