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MPS responds to proposals for an offence of wilful neglect or ill-treatment in Scottish health and social care settings

Post date: 06/01/2015

The information within this article was correct at the time of publishing. Last updated 01/04/2019

The MPS has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on proposals to introduce a new offence of wilful neglect or ill-treatment in health and social care settings.

We have previously opposed similar proposals in England and Wales for the introduction of new criminal sanctions against healthcare professionals for wilful neglect or ill-treatment, and we are opposed to the proposals that the Scottish Government have brought forward in this consultation.

Instead of focusing on the creation of additional penalties for healthcare professionals the Scottish Government should be looking at improving the provision of the support that can bring about genuine and lasting change.

Read more in the full response below.

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