VoiceAbility joins call for further improvements to the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill
We’ve worked hard to improve the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill and positive changes have been made. But the proposed Liberty Protection Safeguards still don’t properly protect human rights. With others, we've signed an open letter to government that calls for a pause so the draft legislation can be fully thought through.
We've signed this open letter that was co-ordinated by VODG and sent to Nicola Blackwood, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Care.
The letter is calling on the government to:
• pause the passage of the bill and work with the sector to ensure there is no erosion to human rights protections for people who rely on essential care services
• be more transparent about the process and evidence which has informed DHSC’s consultation(s) with the sector and the significant departure from the original Law Commission recommendations
• resolve the conflict of interest regarding care managers responsible for business delivery and processes that could lead to a deprivation of liberty
• co-produce the draft legislation and adequately fund the change.
Our chief executive, Jonathan Senker has written about the legislation in his blog: 'Time is running out: changes still needed to the Mental (Capacity) Amendment Bill'