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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 22nd March 2016.

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Photo of Ann Coffey Ann Coffey Labour, Stockport 11:30 am, 22nd March 2016

I thank the Minister for his reply. Deprivation of liberty assessments are costing Stockport Council £1.2 million this year, as a result of the Cheshire West judgment. Not one single penny of that is providing social care. This is clearly unsustainable at a time when social care budgets are under intense pressure. Something needs to be done now; we cannot wait for the Law Commission. Will the Minister consider, as a small step forward, scrapping costly automatic annual reassessments and the necessity to reassess every time an elderly person leaves a care home to go into hospital?