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Scottish Ministers' duty to keep directions under reviewS

212Duty of Scottish Ministers to keep directions under reviewS

(1)This section applies where a patient is subject to—

(a)a hospital direction; or

(b)a transfer for treatment direction.

(2)Without prejudice to the duties imposed on the Scottish Ministers by sections 210(2) and (3), 211(2) and 213(2) of this Act, the Scottish Ministers shall from time to time consider—

(a)whether the conditions mentioned in section 206(4) of this Act continue to apply in respect of the patient;

(b)whether, as a result of the patient’s mental disorder, it is necessary, in order to protect any other person from serious harm, for the patient to be detained in hospital, whether or not for medical treatment; and

(c)whether it continues to be necessary for the patient to be subject to the direction.

(3)If, having considered the matters mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c) of subsection (2) above, the Scottish Ministers are not satisfied that the patient has a mental disorder, they shall revoke the direction.

(4)If, having considered the matters mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c) of subsection (2) above, the Scottish Ministers—

(a)are satisfied that the patient has a mental disorder; but

(b)are not satisfied—

(i)that, as a result of the patient’s mental disorder, it is necessary, in order to protect any other person from serious harm, for the patient to be detained in hospital, whether or not for medical treatment; and

(ii)that the conditions mentioned in paragraphs (b) and (c) of section 206(4) of this Act continue to apply in respect of the patient,

they shall revoke the direction.

(5)Nothing in section 102 (state hospitals) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 (c. 29) prevents or restricts the detention of a patient in a state hospital as a result of a decision under this section by the Scottish Ministers not to revoke the direction to which the patient is subject.

213Reference to Tribunal by Scottish MinistersS

(1)This section applies where a patient is subject to—

(a)a hospital direction; or

(b)a transfer for treatment direction.

(2)If—

(a)during the period of 2 years ending with the relevant day—

(i)no reference under section 210(3) or 211(2) of this Act has been made to the Tribunal; and

(ii)no application under section 214(2) of this Act has been made to the Tribunal; and

(b)during each period of 2 years ending with the anniversary, in every year thereafter, of the relevant day—

(i)no reference such as is mentioned in paragraph (a)(i) above or, subject to subsection (3) below, under this subsection has been made to the Tribunal; and

(ii)no application such as is mentioned in paragraph (a)(ii) above has been made to the Tribunal,

the Scottish Ministers shall make a reference to the Tribunal in respect of the direction to which the patient is subject.

(3)The Scottish Ministers shall, in considering, under subsection (2)(b)(i) above, whether a reference has been made to the Tribunal during any 2 year period, leave out of account any reference made under subsection (2) above during the first year of that 2 year period.

(4)Where a reference is made under subsection (2) above, the Scottish Ministers shall, as soon as practicable, give notice that a reference is to be made to the persons mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (g) of section 210(4) of this Act.

(5)A reference under subsection (2) above shall state—

(a)the name and address of the patient;

(b)the name and address of the patient’s named person; and

(c)the reason for making the reference.

(6)In subsection (2) above, the “relevant day” means the day which falls 2 years after the day on which the direction is made.

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