Government insists safeguards for patients who lack mental capacity are workable

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 12 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3964
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The UK government has rejected a call from a House of Lords select committee to scrap the “poorly drafted” and “overly complex” deprivation of liberty safeguards introduced in 2007 to protect the human rights of mentally incapacitated adults living in hospital and care settings.

The select committee on the Mental Capacity Act branded the safeguards “not fit for purpose” in a report last March and urged the government to consult before replacing them with a clear and simple alternative.1

A landmark judgment from the UK Supreme …

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