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Changing policy landscape around elder abuse in England and Wales

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 28 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q463

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Re: Changing policy landscape around elder abuse in England and Wales

Dear Editor,

I write to you as a solicitor, professional deputy on the Court of Protection Panel and chairman of the Association of Lifetime Lawyers (a membership organisation formerly known as Solicitors for the Elderly, comprising expert lawyers for vulnerable people).

I read this article with great interest and agree wholeheartedly that Elder abuse is a pressing issue that demands immediate attention. However, as the article outlines, despite growing concerns, the government's response to this problem has been disappointingly slow.

This thought-provoking article should serve as a wake-up call, highlighting both the government's slow response to elder abuse and the potential risks associated with the changes in the way LPAs are prepared. The new system seems to prefer convenience over safeguards and as the article points out is completely at odds with the system in Scotland where further safeguards and security have been added for donors.

By raising awareness and advocating for policy reforms, it aims to mobilise Health and Legal professionals to take swift action in protecting vulnerable people from abuse and exploitation.

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 March 2024
Michael Culver
Culver Law Ltd, 44 Southampton Buildings, London