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Wilful Neglect in the Care Sector

The Scottish Government have put forward proposals for the introduction of new legislative measures that make it a criminal offence to deliberately mistreat or neglect people receiving care.

The proposal is not intended to punish individuals for instances of genuine error and accident. It has been stated that these will be dealt with through the existing arrangements.

The consultation will last for 13 weeks until 9 January 2015 seeking views on the various aspects of the proposed legislation, including whether it should apply to individuals and organisations and the penalty for those convicted of wilful deliberate neglect or mistreatment.

It is expected that the Scottish Government will produce a report on the Consultation by Easter 2015.

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