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Peers have backed reform of safeguards for vulnerable people detained in care homes or hospitals without the mental capacity to consent to the arrangements. But despite giving the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill an unopposed second reading, they criticised some of its provisions and called for "radical" changes during later stages.…
The NHS will be able to make decisions to deprive people of their liberty under new law, health officials have announced. The current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system has been heavily criticised, with a Government-commissioned review in 2017 calling for the system to be replaced as a matter of…
Care Inspectorate Wales and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales have jointly published the 2016-17 monitoring report on for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) across Wales. The Safeguards apply to people over the age of 18 who can’t consent to treatment or care in a hospital or care home and where restrictions or…
Medics have been given the go-ahead to continue feeding a bed-bound man with severe learning disabilities who had been at the centre of a "quality of life" dispute in a specialist court. Doctors said the man, who is in his 50s, was medically stable and should continue to be fed…
The number of applications to detain people with mental health issues, dementia or learning difficulties for their own safety has reached the highest level on record. Meanwhile, thousands of applications have taken more than a year to be completed - despite the recommended time-frame of just three weeks. In some…
Vulnerable people who lack the ability to choose how they are cared for are being "let down" by the very institutions that are charged with their care, an Ombudsman has warned. The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, which investigates complaints about adult social care, raised concerns about how decisions…
A Holocaust survivor who complained that being in a care facility made her feel ''like a prisoner again in the German concentration camp'' should not travel to Israel for a holiday, a judge in a specialist court has been told. The woman, who is in her 90s and has dementia,…
A mentally ill woman who doctors fear has a gynaecological cancer should undergo exploratory surgery against her will, a judge has ruled after a hearing in a specialist court. Doctors said the woman, who is in her 60s, had experienced post-menopausal bleeding and symptoms which suggested cancer. Bosses at the…
Doctors can sedate a man found walking the streets in a confused state in order to provide cancer treatment, a judge has ruled. Ms Justice Russell on Monday concluded that the man, who is in his 50s, did not have the mental capacity to make decisions about care after analysing…
Medics can restrain a middle-aged man with a severe learning difficulty in order to prepare him for surgery, a judge in a specialist court has ruled. A care manager said the man became distressed at hospitals and refused to drink. She told Mr Justice Moor that administering a sedative in…
A "massive funding deficit" has put local councils at risk of breaching legal duties they owe to vulnerable people who could be deprived of their liberty, the High Court has been told. Four councils - Nottinghamshire, Richmond, Shropshire and Liverpool - are jointly seeking a judicial review and claiming that…
Legal measures designed to safeguard some people detained in care facilities are "failing those they were set up to protect", a new review has found. The current system for detaining patients with dementia or learning difficulties for their own safety should be "replaced as a matter of pressing urgency", the…
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