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Kindling the deep down


Reminiscent of his decision on behalf of Manuela Sykes, DJ Eldergill has once again illustrated the aim of best interests decision-making: to try to reach the decision that the person would have made for themselves if they still had capacity to make it.

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Initial thoughts on modernising the MHA


After over two years, the government has now set out its full response to the Independent Review led by Sir Simon Wessely, as well as a public consultation on its proposals which ends on 21 April 2021. The vast majority (but not all) of the Review’s 154 recommendations have either been accepted or at least in principle. This blog provides a summary and some early analysis to inform the response.

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DOLS Firefighting amidst COVID-19

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Probably just an oversight, but the Coronavirus Act 2020 made no mention of the emergency measures required to ensure those detained under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 are adequately safeguarded.

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Could have been worse?

An analysis of what LPS currently looks like, since it was improved by the Lords.

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