DOLS delayed in Northern Ireland

In a setback both for rights protection and for fusion enthusiasts, it has been announced that the deprivation of liberty provisions in the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 has been delayed from 1 October until 2 December 2019 (the commencement date for research provisions remains 1 October).

In what might be seen as a warning for England & Wales ahead of the implementation of LPS on 1 October 2020, I understand that the reason for the delay was that the relevant processes and personnel within the HSC Trusts (the combined health and social care bodies) could not be put in place.

For more detail (and also the Code accompanying the DoL provisions, weighing in at a slimline 90 or so pages of core Code), see the Northern Ireland Department of Health dedicated MCA website here.

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