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

Particular functions

21.Sections 7 and 8 together place duties on the Commission to bring matters relating to the welfare of patients to the attention of any of the persons listed.

22.Section 7 is directed at matters of general interest or concern, while section 8 deals with the situation where the Commission believes that the persons listed have the ability to prevent or remedy certain circumstances. These circumstances are outlined in section 11(2) and include unlawful or improper detention, ill-treatment, neglect or a deficiency in the care or treatment of a person with mental disorder, loss or damage to a patient’s property and when a patient is living alone and is unable to manage his or her affairs.

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