Certain other orders and directions
Section 224: patients subject to certain other orders and directions: suspension of measure authorising detention
407.Section 224 provides for the temporary suspension of the measure in certain orders and directions which authorises the detention of the patient in hospital. It applies to the following orders and directions-
interim compulsion orders;
compulsion orders combined with restriction orders;
hospital directions; and
transfer for treatment directions.
408.The patient’s responsible medical officer may suspend the authorisation to detain, by granting a certificate specifying a period of up to 3 months. To do so requires the consent of the Scottish Ministers and the period granted must not take the total period granted by virtue of this and any other certificates over 9 months in any 12 month period. The certificate may also be issued for a period relating to a particular event or series of events.
409.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 duly authorised person during the period of the certificate.
410.Where the responsible medical officer proposes to grant a certificate for a period of more than 28 days; or less than 28 days but for a period which, when added to any previous period granted during the last 12 months, takes the total over 28 days, the officer must notify the persons listed in subsection (9) before granting the certificate. Where a certificate is granted for a period of more than 28 days, the responsible medical officer must notify the Commission within 14 days.
Section 225: certificate under section 224: revocation by responsible medical officer
411.Section 225 sets out the power of the responsible medical officer to revoke a certificate granted under section 224 and have the patient returned to hospital. The responsible medical officer can do this if it is necessary in the interests of the patient or to protect any other person. As soon as practicable after revoking the certificate, the responsible medical must notify the persons listed in subsection (3). Where the certificate was granted for a period of more than 28 days, the responsible medical officer must also notify the Commission within 14 days of the certificate being revoked.
Section 226: certificate under section 224: revocation by Scottish Ministers
412.Section 226 sets out the power of the Scottish Ministers to revoke a certificate granted under section 224. This power mirrors that of the responsible medical officer under section 225.