The Commission conducted a series of unannounced visits to psychiatric hospitals throughout Scotland to investigate the operation of security arrangements including searches and restrictions on communications. The use of “Specified Persons” authorises restrictions which may be imposed upon a detained individual’s correspondence, use of telephones and also in relation to safety and security in hospitals. The commission found that some restrictions were imposed without proper legal authority, and there was a general lack of knowledge of appeal rights, among both patients and staff. The report is intended to highlight improvements that need to be made across the board.
(Extracted from a communication by the Chief Executive of the Mental Welfare Commission). Click for full report.
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