Con­sul­ta­tion on new men­tal health strate­gies adopted

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Peo­ple in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang 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 their views on how the up­take of th­ese ad­vanced state­ments can be in­creased for pa­tients.

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: “I hope we can get a good range of re­sponses from peo­ple right across La­nark­shire and be­yond.”

Jamie Hep­burn

Min­is­ter for Sport

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