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RESPONSE TO CRITICISM ON MENTAL WELFARE COMMISSION REPORT

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The accusation that ministers had been sitting on a report by the Mental Welfare Commission into the care and treat...
The accusation that ministers had been sitting on a report by the Mental Welfare Commission into the care and treatment of Philip McFadden has been refuted by Lord James Douglas-Hamilton MP, minister of state at The Scottish Office.

'The secretary of state asked the Mental Welfare Commission to undertake to prepare a report into the care and treatment of Philip McFadden who was found insane in bar of trial for the death of PC Lewis Fulton on June 17, 1994.

'Care should be taken when talking about care in the community or making direct comparisons with cases in England. Bland assertions of this kind are uninformed and unhelpful. Philip McFadden was not a care in the community patient in June 1994.

'The department has been considering, with the commission, what arrangements should be made for making the report available, taking into account issues relating to patient confidentiality. I accept that this needs to be resolved quickly and to make an announcement very shortly.'
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