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Now the Human Rights Committee attacks Bill proposals

2 November 2018 – The government’s troubled Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill continues to attract criticism for failing those it is meant to protect.

Judy Downey: ‘the Bill does not meet the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights.’

Committee Chair Harriet Harman MP said:“The human rights of vulnerable people who lack mental capacity must be protected with a more robust system of safeguards.”

Judy Downey, Chair of the Relatives & Residents Association said: “The Joint Committee on Human Rights has joined the chorus of disapproval about this Bill. It has highlighted the fact that the Bill does not meet the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights. Let’s hope that the Government takes notice and urgently redrafts the Bill accordingly.”

Read the cross sector statement ‘Ministers must eliminate conflict of interest within ‘troubled’ mental capacity proposals’ here

The passage of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill can be tracked here.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights report can be accessed here.

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