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

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159Responsible medical officer’s duties: variation of compulsion order
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(1)This section applies where a patient is subject to a relevant compulsion order.

(2)Without prejudice to the duties imposed on the patient’s responsible medical officer by sections 139(2), 140(2) and 145(2) of this Act, the responsible medical officer shall from time to time consider whether the compulsion order should be varied by modifying the measures specified in it.

(3)If it appears to the responsible medical officer that the compulsion order should be varied by modifying the measures specified in it, the responsible medical officer shall, as soon as practicable, comply with the requirements in subsection (4) below.

(4)Those requirements are—

(a)to assess the needs of the patient for medical treatment;

(b)to consider what modification, if any, of the measures specified in the compulsion order is appropriate; and

(c)to consult—

(i)the mental health officer; and

(ii)such other persons as the responsible medical officer considers appropriate.

(5)If, having regard to any views expressed by persons consulted under subsection (4)(c) above, the responsible medical officer is satisfied that the compulsion order should be varied by modifying the measures specified in it, the responsible medical officer shall make an application to the Tribunal under section 161 of this Act for an order under section 167 of this Act varying the compulsion order in that way.

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