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New safeguards are urgently needed for people with reduced capacity, report says

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1336 (Published 15 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1336
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A new system of safeguards for people with dementia and severe learning disabilities is urgently needed at a time when tens of thousands are being unlawfully deprived of their liberty, the official law reform body for England and Wales has said.

Many people are not benefiting from the rights that parliament intended them to have because current safeguards are unworkable, the Law Commission said in a report commissioned by the government.1

Deprivation of liberty safeguards were introduced in 2007, requiring local authorities to carry out …

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