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224Patients subject to certain other orders and directions: suspension of measure authorising detentionS

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

(a)a treatment order;

(b)an interim compulsion order;

[F1(ba)a temporary compulsion order;]

(c)a compulsion order and a restriction order;

(d)a hospital direction; or

(e)a transfer for treatment direction.

(2)Subject to subsections (3) and (4) below, where the patient’s responsible medical officer grants a certificate specifying a period F2... during which the order or direction to which the patient is subject shall not authorise the detention of the patient in hospital, the order or direction does not authorise that detention during that period.

[F3(2A)A certificate under subsection (2) above may specify—

(a)a single period not exceeding 90 days, or

(b)a series of more than one individual period falling within a particular 3 month period.]

(3)The patient’s responsible medical officer may grant a certificate under subsection (2) above only with the consent of the Scottish Ministers.

[F4(3A)In the case of a treatment order, an interim compulsion order or a temporary compulsion order, subsection (3) above does not require the consent of the Scottish Ministers if the granting of the certificate is for the purpose of enabling the patient to—

(a)attend a hearing in criminal proceedings against the patient, or

(b)meet a medical or dental appointment made for the patient.]

[F5(4)The total period that an order or direction does not, by reason of certification under subsection (2) above, authorise the detention of a patient in hospital must not exceed 200 days within any period of 12 months (whenever counted from).]

[F6(4A)For the purpose of subsection (4) above—

(a)a day does not count towards the total period if the detention is (by reason of such certification) not authorised for a period of 8 hours or less in that day,

(b)a single period (specified in such certification) of more than 8 hours and less than 24 hours, whether in one day or spanning two days, is to count as a whole day towards the total period.”. Specification of hospital units]

F7(5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F8(5A)The purpose for which a certificate under subsection (2) above is granted must be recorded in the certificate.]

(6)If the responsible medical officer considers that it is necessary—

(a)in the interests of the patient; or

(b)for the protection of any other person,

a certificate under subsection (2) above may include conditions such as are mentioned in subsection (7) below; and any such conditions shall have effect.

[F9(6A)Before deciding what conditions such as are mentioned in subsection (7) below to include in a certificate under subsection (2) above (if any), the responsible medical officer must have regard to any victim's representations.]

(7)Those conditions are—

(a)that, during the period specified in the certificate, the patient be kept in the charge of a person authorised in writing for the purpose by the patient’s responsible medical officer; and

(b)such other conditions as may be specified by the patient’s responsible medical officer.

(8)Where a patient’s responsible medical officer proposes to grant a certificate under subsection (2) above specifying—

(a)a period of more than 28 days; or

(b)a period which, when taken together with the period specified in any other certificate granted under that subsection, would exceed 28 days,

the responsible medical officer shall, before granting such a certificate, give notice of the proposal to the persons mentioned in subsection (9) below.

(9)Those persons are—

(a)the patient;

(b)the patient’s named person;

(c)the patient’s general medical practitioner; and

(d)the mental health officer.

(10)Where a certificate is granted under subsection (2) above specifying a period of more than 28 days, the patient’s responsible medical officer shall, before the expiry of the period of 14 days beginning with the day on which the certificate is granted, give notice of the granting of the certificate to the Commission.

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I1S. 224 in force at 5.10.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/161, art. 3 (as substituted (1.7.2005) by S.S.I. 2005/375, art. 2 and as amended (22.9.2005) by S.S.I. 2005/459, art. 2)

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