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Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

Section 221: assessment order: suspension of measure authorising detention

403.Section 221 provides for the temporary suspension of the measure in an assessment order which authorises detention of the patient in hospital. The responsible medical officer may do so by granting a certificate for a period, provided that the consent of the Scottish Ministers is obtained.

404.The responsible medical officer may include conditions in the certificate. Those conditions can include a requirement that the patient be kept in the charge of a person duly authorised during the period of the certificate.

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