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New law introduced to protect vulnerable people in care

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill was introduced to the House of Lords on Tuesday 3 July and seeks to replace the current system known as ‘Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards’ (DoLs).

DoLs is an assessment currently carried out on people who do not have the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care, for example because they are living with dementia. It was criticised by a 2017 Law Commission review for being too complex and bureaucratic.

The government has now developed a new system, known as ‘Liberty Protection Safeguards’, which will become law through the bill.
The reforms seek to:
•    introduce a simpler process that involves families more and gives swifter access to assessments
•    be less burdensome on people, carers, families and local authorities
•    allow the NHS, rather than local authorities, to make decisions about their patients, allowing a more efficient and clearly accountable process
•    consider restrictions of people’s liberties as part of their overall care package
•    get rid of repeat assessments and authorisations when someone moves between a care home, hospital and ambulance as part of their treatment

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Source Gov.uk - 3rd July 2018

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