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

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235Treatment mentioned in section 234(2): patients capable of consenting

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(1)Medical treatment mentioned in section 234(2) of this Act is given to a patient in accordance with this section if the requirements set out in subsections (2) and (3) below are satisfied.

(2)Subject to subsection (6) below, the first requirement is that a designated medical practitioner who is not the patient’s responsible medical officer certifies in writing that—

(a)the patient is capable of consenting to the treatment;

(b)the patient consents in writing to the treatment; and

(c)having regard to the likelihood of its alleviating, or preventing a deterioration in, the patient’s condition, it is in the patient’s best interests that the treatment should be given to the patient.

(3)The second requirement is that two other persons (not being medical practitioners) appointed by the Commission for the purposes of this subsection certify in writing that—

(a)the patient is capable of consenting to the treatment; and

(b)the patient consents in writing to the treatment.

(4)A person appointed for the purposes of subsection (3) above may—

(a)interview the patient at any reasonable time; and

(b)require any such interview to be conducted in private.

(5)If the patient withdraws consent to the treatment (in writing or otherwise) at any time before its completion, this section shall then apply as if the remainder of the treatment were a separate treatment.

(6)Where—

(a)the patient is a child; and

(b)the patient’s responsible medical officer is not a child specialist,

the first requirement is that the matters mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c) of subsection (2) above are certified in writing by a designated medical practitioner who is a child specialist.

(7)References in subsections (2) and (6)(b) above to a patient’s responsible medical officer include, in any case where a patient does not have a responsible medical officer, references to the medical practitioner primarily responsible for treating the patient.

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