< November 2017

DOLs reform to be rolled into new mental health legislation

In a ministerial statement issued 30th October 2017, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, gave an interim response to the Law Commission's review of the Mental Capacity and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

The review, which was completed in March 2017, recommended that DOLs should be replaced by a new scheme called the Liberty Protection Safeguards and apply to any setting that might give rise to a deprivation of liberty, including shared lives and supported living schemes. The new scheme will apply to people aged over 16.

In the statement, the government welcomed the Law Commission's recommendations and said they will engage with stakeholders on how to implement them. These will be undertaken as part of the reform of mental health legislation.

The government will provide its final response to the Law Commission's report in Spring 2018.

[News item wording taken from UKHCA website]

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