As you will be aware, the health and social care sector (like others) is working hard to maintain essential services in what are extremely challenging times. Whilst the manner in which many of us work is being adapted in line with current Government and Public Health England guidance, it is recognised that much of the work we undertake can’t simply just stop. So, there is a balance to be had between ensuring, as far as possible, the wellbeing of everyone (especially vulnerable people) and maintaining vital services. I am committed to maintaining as many of the services I provide throughout this period of uncertainty whilst acting responsibly to help ensure the safety of those I work with, vulnerable people and their carers.

To this end, until further notice, the following will apply:

Where possible, I will assess and consult people using non face-to-face methods such as Skype and telephone calls. Sometimes this is not possible and, in those situations, where safe to do so, I will continue with a face-to-face approach. If this is required, current Government guidelines will be followed. Whichever method will be adopted will depend entirely upon the nature and urgency of the work and will be discussed with the instructing party and care providers where applicable.

I wish you a safe and healthy time as we work together over the coming months,

Best Wishes, Gary.

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Category: Law Commission

Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill: House of Lords Committee Stage

This week saw the Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill (the Bill that will introduce the Liberty Protection Safeguards) move to Committee Stage in the House of Lords and on 5th September around 5 hours of discussions were held. The discussions concerned just a few (of the many) amendments that the Lords would like to see […]

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Government Response to the proposed Liberty Protection Safeguards

In a Written Ministerial Statement published yesterday, Health Minister Caroline Dinenage said the government broadly agreed with the Liberty Protection Safeguards model proposed by the Law Commission in 2017 and would legislate “when parliamentary time allows”.  The statement also acknowledged that the current DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) system should be replaced as a matter of “pressing […]

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How will the Liberty Protection Safeguards work in practice?

On the home page, I explain the Liberty Protection Safeguards proposals from the Law Commission and in a previous post, highlighted the very resent request from the Government, asking for written submissions to the Joint Committee on Human Right’s inquiry on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. In principle, the Liberty Protection Safeguards proposals are a positive step […]

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Liberty Protection Safeguards: Reform of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

The Government is asking for written submissions to the Joint Committee on Human Right’s inquiry on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. However, you only have until Friday 2nd March 2018 to submit your responses. Submissions should be no more than 1,500 words and they are particularly interested to hear evidence from interested parties on: Whether […]

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Liberty Protection Safeguards: Government Interim response to the Law Commission report on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty

Today the Government published an interim response to the Law Commission report on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty. The statement was made by Jackie Doyle-Price, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health. The Government have welcomed the report and it is now being carefully considered. Part of that consideration is to consult various stakeholders to […]

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