Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) to be reformed

The Health Minister has endorsed the Law Commission’s recommendations to replace the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with the more robust Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS). The new regime will provide greater legal safeguards and transparency for individuals who are deprived of their liberty because they lack the mental capacity to consent to necessary care/treatment. Continue reading

IICSA considers the health sector

As part of its research programme the IICSA is considering abuse within the health sector. Whilst none of the current investigations focus on this sector it remains a possibility that a future investigation will do so. To shape knowledge of abuse within this sector, two days of seminars will be held on 26 and 27 September at which a variety of issues will be discussed. The seminars will be available to watch live on the Inquiry’s website and then be available for subsequent review.

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Overhauling Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

This week The Law Commission published its report and draft Bill intended to overhaul the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).  The proposed replacement will require advance authorisation of deprivation of liberty in all but truly urgent cases and there are calls for greater enforcement of penalties for non-compliance.

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