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

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8Duty to bring specific matters to attention of Scottish Ministers and others etc.

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(1)If it appears to the Commission that a relevant person has, or may have, powers or duties, the exercise or performance of which might prevent or remedy or assist in preventing or remedying, as respects a person who has a mental disorder, any of the circumstances mentioned in subsection (2) below, the Commission shall—

(a)bring the facts of the person’s case to the attention of the relevant person; and

(b)if it considers it appropriate to do so, make recommendations as respects the case to the relevant person.

(2)Those circumstances are—

(a)the circumstances mentioned in section 11(2)(a), (d), (e) or (f) of this Act;

(b)that—

(i)the patient is detained in hospital and the detention is authorised by virtue of this Act or the 1995 Act; and

(ii)there may be some impropriety in relation to that detention.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (1) above, “relevant person” means—

(a)the Scottish Ministers;

(b)the Public Guardian;

(c)a local authority;

(d)a Health Board;

(e)a Special Health Board;

(f)a National Health Service trust;

(g)a mental health officer;

(h)a responsible medical officer;

(i)the managers of a registered care service;

(j)the managers of—

(i)a prison; or

(ii)a young offenders institution;

(k)the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care;

(l)a police force; or

(m)such other person, or group of persons, as the Commission considers appropriate.

(4)In subsection (3)(i) above, “registered care service” means a care service registered under Part 1 of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (asp 8).

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