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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-20418: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been detained under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 in each of the last five years.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 13 December 2018

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has a statutory responsibility to monitor the use of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. As part of meeting that responsibility, it publishes an annual overview of the use of the 2003 Act. These annual reports include statistics on the number of episodes of compulsory treatment for mental disorder in Scotland. The most recently published report is for the period 2016-2017 and can be found at the following link:https://www.mwcscot.org.uk/media/409318/mha_monitoring_report2016-17_may2018.pdf

In the report, table 2.1 provides figures on the total number of episodes of compulsory treatment across Scotland for the past ten years. Note that the number of individual people given compulsory treatment is not held by the Commission, so the data relates to the number of orders or certificates granted and therefore does not take account of individuals who may be given compulsory treatment on multiple, separate occasions during the reporting period or those who may have several consecutive orders/certificates apply to them as part of one instance of treatment. During the 2016-2017 period, 73% of episodes lasted for 28 days or less.

Previous reports can be found on the Commission's website and statistical information for 2017-2018 will be provided in the Commission’s next annual monitoring report which is due for publication before the end of December 2018.