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Briggs welcomes “Rights in Mind” guide for mental health patients.

Miles Briggs, Lothian MSP and the Shadow Minister for Mental Health, is welcoming the publication today of a new guide from the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland that aims to ensure mental health patients have their human rights respected throughout their treatment. The “Rights in Mind” guide sets out patients’ rights when they are first admitted to hospital, when they are on the ward, when they are discharged and when they are being treated in the community.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ I welcome this new guide which I hope will be very widely used throughout acute adult mental health services.

“ It is really important for any mental health patient who is admitted to hospital, especially new patients, that they are informed from the beginning of what their rights are when they go into hospital.”

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* Please see below a copy of Miles’ motion as tabled today.

* For any further information, please contact Miles’ office on 0131 348 5945

Motion Number: S5M-05803
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 24/05/2017

Title: Rights in Mind Guide for Mental Health Patients

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the launch of a new guide from the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, which aims to ensure that mental health patients have their human rights respected during their treatment; notes that the guide, Rights in Mind, lists people’s rights when they are first admitted to hospital, when they are on the ward, when they are discharged and when they are being treated in the community; understands that the guide has been designed in consultation with patients, relatives and staff with experience of adult acute care; considers that it is important for all patients being admitted to acute mental health settings to be fully informed of their rights on admission, and hopes that the guide will be widely used and help patients and family members feel confident that their human rights are being respected during treatment.

Miles Briggs