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Vulnerable people are being oppressed because of failures of Mental Capacity Act, say peers

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2144 (Published 13 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2144
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Tens of thousands of people are being deprived of their liberty unlawfully in care settings because of failures of the Mental Capacity Act, peers have said.

Misunderstanding and ignorance concerning the 2005 Mental Capacity Act are widespread among healthcare professionals and social care staff, says a highly critical report published on 13 March by a House of Lords select committee.1 The committee was set up to scrutinise …

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