Publication date: 19 Mar, 2019
Colin McKay, chief executive of the Mental Welfare Commission, said:
The current Act dates from 2003. While a leading piece of legislation at that time, changes in approaches to the care and treatment of people with mental illness, and an increased focus on human rights here in Scotland and internationally, means that the Commission and others have been calling for a review for some years.
To help drive this process, almost two years ago the Commission published a document with Edinburgh Napier University calling for reform of Scotland's mental health and incapacity laws, and explaining why the Commission believed reform was needed. This work was part of a wider call for change.
Colin McKay added:
The Mental Welfare Commission
0131 313 8786