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Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill would weaken DOLS: Law Society

Briefing states that the Bill ‘is not fit for purpose’

The Law Society believes that the proposed statutory scheme in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill would weaken important safeguards provided under the existing Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards scheme.

The Bill is currently at the Committee stage in the House of Lords where scrutiny of it will resume on 15 October.

The Law Society has published a briefing for consideration at Committee stage. It states that any statutory scheme which permits the state to deprive someone of their liberty for the purpose of providing care and treatment must be robust and comprehensible. However, as it stands, the Society does not believe that the proposed Bill has sufficient safeguards and is not fit for purpose in its current form. It requires serious re-consideration and extensive revision.

The briefing makes recommendations for changes to make the Bill fit for purpose.

For the briefing, click here and click on the link at the foot of the news item.