Scottish Mental Health Tribunals
The Scottish Mental Health Tribunal system allows carers and patients to determine treatment. But it's failing to give people time to prepare a case.
It must be a daunting experience for mental health patients to have a court decide your treatment. But this is all in the past for those in Scotland, since the Scottish Mental Health Tribunal was set up in October 2005. Brought in by the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, the tribunal aims to provide an independent and impartial service when making decisions on the compulsory care and treatment of people with mental health problems, as well as allowing patients and their carers to be involved in determining care for the first time.