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The year might be nearly out, but the fight continues

21 December 2018 – What a way to end a year! On Tuesday, the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill reach the House of Commons despite the sterling work of Opposition and Crossbench Peers and over 40 organisations calling for the Bill to be stopped to allow for proper consultation.

This Bill, to quote Baroness Barker ‘is one of the worst pieces of legislation ever brought before this House’ and as a consequence has dominated far too many of our waking hours over the last few months.

Fortunately, the Bill that arrived in the Commons is much improved but is still not fit for purpose. It continues to risk individuals without capacity in grave danger of losing their liberty without proper safeguards.

So, as we take a breather over this season’s break, we will be back in the New Year to gear up for the Committee stage to challenge the following aspects:

  • That the Bill’s changes will magically make the backlog disappear;
  • The ill defined access to advocacy
  • The vague training for AMCPs who will replace the current Best Interest Assessors
  • The limited access to AMCPs and the potential conflict of interest this will create for local authorities
  • The lack of any meaningful impact assessment and proper consultation
  • The assumption of zero cost to implement the new processes

But in the meantime, we would like to thank all those who have supported us and allowed us to carry on our vital work supporting those in need of care and those supporting them and campaigning on their behalf and send Season’s Greetings to everyone.

*Approved Mental Capacity Professional


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