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PE01849: Independent review of non-forensic detentions within high and medium secure psychiatric hospitals


Petitioner: Barry Gale, Ruth Hughes and Tracey Gibbon on behalf of Mental Health Rights Scotland


Date Lodged: 30 November 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to launch an independent review of the detention of all non-forensic patients within high and medium secure psychiatric hospitals, with a focus on:

1. the necessity and appropriateness of the care and treatment provided;

2. exploring all reasonable options for early rehabilitation, with the full participation of the patient and family carers;

3. the practice of admitting patients unnecessarily to high and medium secure hospitals and then requiring them to appeal in order to get out; and

4. the conditions under which courts may impose restriction orders.

Petition History:


13 January 2021: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Minister for Mental Health has commissioned independent reviews into the delivery of forensic mental health services across Scotland which is due to conclude and report its findings and recommendations in early 2021; and into the mental health and incapacity legislation, which is expected to report in September 2022. The Committee also agreed to write to the Minister for Mental Health.  Link to Official Report of Meeting 13 January 2021

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