Some thoughts from the Lakes

If I’d known that this Wednesday Parliament would be debating amendments to the Mental Capacity Act, in a Bill that would affect the right to liberty of an estimated 300,000 people, I wouldn’t have booked a holiday for this week… so I’m sneakily writing this blog post on my phone with one hand whilst trying…

Some thoughts on Re Y

On Monday the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in Re Y.  This much awaited judgment dealt with the question of whether it was always necessary to seek approval from the court in order for doctors to withdraw clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) from a person with a prolonged disorder of consciousness (PDOC).  There is an…

More from Roger H – on care home arrangements

Roger Hargreaves has kindly said I can share this note he has written on some issues surrounding care home arrangements in the government’s Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill.  I’ve moved Roger’s summary to the top for the time pressed among you. Summary In respect of those residents placed by a responsible body (local authority or CCG),…

On simplifying things

On Monday, whilst the rest of you were probably glued to the debates in the House of Lords about the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill (I don’t know how to insert a winking emoji here, but please imagine that I just did), I was taking a toddler on a road trip.  After we’d snaked through the…

More thoughts from Roger Hargreaves on the Bill

Roger Hargreaves has kindly given me permission to reproduce two more posts for a Facebook discussion group on the DoLS about the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill.  I was going to stick them at the bottom of another post, but I think they deserve their a post of their own: In support of the Mental Capacity…

Reading the bumph over breakfast

In my previous post I had a lot of questions about the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill (MCAB).  I’ve been reading the Bill’s supporting documents over the last few days – the Explanatory notes, impact assessment and the ‘Delegated Powers Memorandum’ (about the SuperRegs).  The documents have answered quite a few questions, but they’ve also thrown…

Reading the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill on the train

I’m on a train heading home from Leeds after a really exciting, challenging, and thought provoking workshop that I helped to set up with CHANGE and Advonet, looking at how we can bring together people with learning disabilities and those working within the services and agencies that they use, to think about supported decision making.…