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CQC Report on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2013/14 Released 27 January 2015

“More people than ever before are being protected by Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, part of the Mental Capacity Act that protects the rights of adults in care homes and hospitals who lack mental capacity to make decisions about their care.In a report published today, we look at implementation of the safeguards since they were introduced in 2009. Applications to use the safeguards over this period rose from 7,200 in the first year, to 13,000 in the year ending in March 2014. The report also shows how this rise increased significantly since March 2014 when the Supreme Court clarified that a person lacking mental capacity to consent is deprived of their liberty if they are both not free to leave, and under continuous supervision and control.We welcome this rise in applications as it shows willingness among providers to protect the rights of individuals, and encourages external scrutiny of their care when a vulnerable person might be deprived of their liberty.

Care Quality Commission, 27th January 2015

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28 January 2015


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