The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a consultation and White Paper on plans to reform the Mental Health Act.
It follows a review and final report published in 2018 that found that the MHA does not always work as well as it should for patients, their families and their carers.
The DHSC is proposing a wide range of changes to rebalance the MHA, to put "patients at the centre of decisions about their own care and ensure everyone is treated equally." These proposals are based on 4 principles that they have been developed in collaboration with "people with lived experience of the MHA". They are:
The closing date for responses is 21st April 2021. The White Paper and consultation documents are available on the Gov.uk.
James Rees of A& M Bacon looks at the definition of P's assets in the light of the recent decision in Penntrust Limited
The LPS Policy Team at the DHSC have released their latest newsletter updating readers on progress.
The Newsletter covers their first Steering Group meeting since the pandemic, progress on a revised impact assessment and a new factsheet setting out the Liberty Protection Safeguards process.
You can view the newsletter here.
We are delighted to announce our first webinar for our readers. This first one will tackle costs and the confusion over the the hourly rate following the judgment in PLK and, if all goes well, we will run more next year on topical Court of Protection issues.
The Government has updated guidance about the MCA and DoLS during the pandemic.
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