Date lodged: 10 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether psychiatrists are required to inform patients of the risks associated with electroconvulsive therapy.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 15 August 2016
All patients who receive electroconvulsive therapy must either give informed consent or be protected by the legal safeguards in legislation. Consent must be in writing and be based on an understanding of the treatment, the reasons why it is being offered and possible risks and side effects.
Further information about consent and legal status can be found in the Scottish ECT Accreditation Network Annual Report. The latest report can be accessed here http://www.sean.org.uk/docs/SEAN-Report-2015-web.pdf.