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Bruce Millan should be remembered for his sterling work on mental health

WE were sad to hear of the death of Bruce Millan.

We were among those who served on the committee which bore his name and sat from 1999 to 2001 to produce proposals for reform of mental health legislation in Scotland. That Scotland now has enlightened and widely admired legislation in the form of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 is due in no small measure to Bruce Millan.

It was an inspired choice of the former Scottish Executive to appoint Bruce, then into his seventies, to lead the review of mental health law in Scotland. He chaired the committee with determination, intellectual rigour and considerable skill. He had a strong concern for those affected by mental disorders, not only service users but also the families, friends and carers who support them. The committee produced a unanimous report notwithstanding the broad range of interests represented in its membership; we are sure we can say that he earned the warm respect of all those who served on it.

Amongst his many other achievements, he should be remembered for this major contribution to the mental health field in Scotland.

Hilary Patrick,

Honorary Fellow, School of Law, University of Edinburgh;

Mary Weir,

Former chief executive of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland), now known as Support in Mind Scotland;

Dr J A T Dyer,

Former director of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland,

29C Polwarth Terrace, Edinburgh.

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