How does a media-savvy employer ensure a season of festive cheer but without mishap, damage to their reputation or harassment and bullying claims?
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (“the MCA”) was described by the Lords as “a visionary piece of legislation”. Its aim was to keep any person who may lack capacity to make decisions for themselves (due to a brain injury, learning disability, dementia or otherwise) at the centre of decision-making.
The Report confirms the high regard in which the MCA is held, but finds shortcomings in the outworking of the legislation. The ethos of the MCA is about empowerment of the person, yet the Committee found that “risk aversion” and “paternalism” often still prevail within the health and social care sectors.
Lord Hardie, Chairman of the Committee said:
“The Committee believes that the Act is good and it needs to be implemented. What we want to see is a change in attitudes and practice which reflects the empowering ethos of the Act. To achieve this we recommend that overall responsibility for the Act be given to an independent body whose task will be to oversee, monitor and drive forward implementation.”
Particular criticism had been levelled at the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (“DOLS”). The intentions underpinning these provisions were noble – to provide protection in law for anyone being treated or cared for in circumstances that deprived them of their liberty. The evidence the Committee heard regarding the use (or more commonly, the lack of use) of the safeguards was alarming:
“The evidence suggests that tens of thousands of people are being deprived of their liberty without the protection of the law, and without the protection that Parliament intended. Worse still, in some cases the safeguards are being wilfully used to oppress individuals and to force decisions upon them.
In summary, the Committee felt there is no alternative but for the current provisions to be scrapped and for Parliament to start again.
If you have questions or concerns regarding the impact or implementation of the MCA, or the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, please contact our specialist solicitors, Kate Jackson on firstname.lastname@example.org or Sheree Green on email@example.com or 0121 212 7404.
Providers need to be alive to the risk of contractors becoming insolvent and how to limit the resulting inevitable disruption.
Housing associations must continue to deliver core functions effectively and compliantly notwithstanding the uncertainty over the standards to which you will be held in the future.
Over the last few years the meaning of “asset management” has changed from being all about repairs to understanding that assets might not stay in an organisation forever.
The Grenfell Tower tragedy has understandably prompted a fundamental reconsideration of how building safety is approached for High-Rise Residential Buildings.
Results from the latest three-yearly valuation of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) are starting to trickle through.
The potential for Brexit with or without a deal causes uncertainty, and credit rating agencies do not like uncertainty.
Let’s face it, Wills are underappreciated and often overlooked. In fact, around 54% of the British public do not have one!
A recent case throws light on the scope of the exemption for “land transactions” from the need for an OJEU tender process.
A leaked report into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust revealed by The Independent has been described as the “largest maternity scandal in NHS history”.
To receive invitations to our events, as well as information and articles on legal issues and sector developments that are of interest to you, please sign up to Newsroom.