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Consultation on Proposals for an Offence of Wilful Neglect or Ill-Treatment in Health and Social Care Settings

Consultation on Proposals for an Offence of Wilful Neglect or Ill-Treatment in Health and Social Care Settings

Friday, October 10, 2014

ISBN: 9781784128333

This consultation document outlines and invites views on the Scottish Government's proposals for a new criminal offence of wilful neglect or ill-treatment in health and social care settings.

Executive Summary

The Scottish Government's proposal is to create an offence which is similar to those that presently exist in relation to mental health patients and adults with incapacity. The proposed offence would cover the wilful neglect or ill-treatment of anyone receiving care or treatment in a range of care services. This consultation document invites views on this proposal.