10.Supplementary memorandum from Dr A
S Zigmond (MIB 1219)
In relation to the two final questions I am
sorry to say that the College can be of little assistance. We
have no experience of equivalent legislation outside of Scotland.
We recognise that there will be additional costs
in relation to the Bill although we have no means of quantifying
them. Much of the Bill should clarify matters but not greatly
alter practice from that which currently exists. The enhanced
protections set out in the Bill will undoubtedly have costs attached
but the College believes that they are of such fundamental importance
that it should be considered "money well spent". As
an aside might I add that this is very different from our view
of what we think will be considerable workforce and financial
costs in relation to the Draft Mental Health Bill.
Finally I must comment on the process. We were
most pleased that you were able to attend the College dinner in
Bournemouth and I am personally grateful for having had the opportunity
to convey to you those matters which we thought were important
for the Joint Committee to consider. I think it fair to say that
I had very considerable qualms about giving evidence but the way
we were questioned enabled all of us to give our opinions in an
open and constructive way.