Friday 7 February 2014 article in the Herald: World looks to Scotland after mental health care improved
It features retiring Chief Executive of Scotland's Mental Welfare Commission Dr Donny Lyons who says in the piece:
"Dr Lyons believes that as a consequence of these changes being implemented Scotland now leads the world in many respects in terms of its mental health system. "I think mental health care has come on a long way in Scotland over the past decade," he said. "There has been a shift in the culture of doing things to people with mental health issues to doing things with people."
"Over the past 14 years a raft of new laws - including the Adults With Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, the Mental Health Act (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) 2003 and the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 - ushered in vast changes, giving more rights to patients, setting out more protections from ill-treatment and giving them more of a voice. Part of Dr Lyons's job has involved monitoring this new legislation in practice."
On reading this I made an immediate response in a comment which was published:
"As a mother, carer and survivor of mental illness and psychiatric
treatment, living in Fife, I have to disagree with Dr Lyons regarding
the efficacy of Scotland's Mental Health Act for people with a "mental
disorder" and their carers. It has been my experience over the last 5
years and more that the Act isn't implemented appropriately and the
safeguards within the Act aren't safe. The principle of "Respect for
Carers" hasn't been practised where I live and the rights of the family
member I care for were not protected under the Act.