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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-33852
Asked by: Brian Whittle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 10 December 2020

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the statement on page 65 of the final report of The Independent Review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act that "there is evidence that some psychotropic medication is being used in Scotland to manage behaviour rather than the purposes for which it was developed and approved".

Current status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 16 December 2020


Answer

Scottish Government are considering all 107 recommendations of the Independent Review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act in order to respond fully.

Preparations were underway to issue this response by April 2020 but this work was paused in March 2020 owing to the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Scottish Government continues to carefully consider the recommendations to better fulfil our obligation to promote and protect the human rights of autistic people and/or people with learning disabilities living in Scotland.