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S5W-04577: Ross Thomson (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of ill-treatment of a hospital patient with mental health problems in each of the last 10 years.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 16 November 2016

Information on subjects reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) with charges under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 Section 315 and Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 S105(1)a & (3) is presented below.The numbers of people convicted in the Scottish Courts of these charges is presented in the second table.

Please be aware that the criminal proceedings statistics on convictions only measure the main charge in a case and there may be secondary charges in some cases relating to the legislation that are not counted.

Subjects Reported to COPFS with charge(s) under Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 Section 315 and Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 S105(1)a & (3)

Charge

Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 S315

Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 S105(1)(a)&(3)

2006-07

1

2

2007-08

2

-

2008-09

3

-

2009-10

4

-

2010-11

5

-

2011-12

10

-

2012-13

11

-

2013-14

14

-

2014-15

13

-

2015-16

3

-

Source: Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

People with a main charge proved under Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 Section 315 and Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 S105(1)a & (3)

Charge

Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 S315

Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 S105(1)(a)&(3)

2006-07

-

1

2007-08

1

-

2008-09

-

-

2009-10

2

-

2010-11

1

-

2011-12

2

-

2012-13

4

-

2013-14

1

-

2014-15

3

-

Source: Scottish Government Criminal Proceedings database