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

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Patient’s responsible medical officer

230Appointment of patient’s responsible medical officer

(1)As soon as is reasonably practicable after the occurrence of an appropriate act in relation to a patient, the relevant managers shall appoint an approved medical practitioner to be the patient’s responsible medical officer.

(2)Where, immediately before the occurrence of an appropriate act, a patient has a responsible medical officer, the person appointed under subsection (1) above may be that person.

(3)The relevant managers having responsibility under subsection (1) above may at any time—

(a)appoint an approved medical practitioner to be the patient’s responsible medical officer in place of the existing responsible medical officer;

(b)authorise an approved medical practitioner to act (whether for a particular purpose or in particular circumstances) in place of the patient’s responsible medical officer.

(4)In this section—

  • “appropriate act” means—

    (a)

    a relevant event;

    (b)

    the granting of an emergency detention certificate;

    (c)

    the making of a temporary compulsion order under section 54(1)(c) of the 1995 Act;

    (d)

    the variation of—

    (i)

    a compulsory treatment order; or

    (ii)

    a compulsion order;

    (e)

    transfer to another hospital under section 124(2), 125(4)(b), 126(4), 218(2), 219(4)(b) or 220(4)(b) of this Act;

    (f)

    return to a hospital under section 125(5), 126(5), 219(5) or 220(5) of this Act; and

  • “relevant managers” means—

    (a)

    in a case where the appropriate act falls within any of paragraphs (a) to (c) of the definition of that expression above, the managers of the hospital in which the patient is detained or, as the case may be, which is specified in the order;

    (b)

    in a case where the appropriate act falls within paragraph (d) of that definition, the managers of the hospital specified in the order following modification under section 102, 103, 104, 106, 166, 167, 169, 171 or, as the case may be, 193(6) of this Act;

    (c)

    in a case where the appropriate act falls within paragraph (e) of that definition, the managers of the hospital to which the patient is transferred under any of the provisions mentioned in that paragraph; and

    (d)

    in a case where the appropriate act falls within paragraph (f) of that definition, the managers of the hospital to which the patient is returned under any of the provisions mentioned in that paragraph.

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