Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:54 pm on 18th December 2018.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North 5:54 pm, 18th December 2018

That is not something that has previously come to my attention, but I am sure the organisation would very much like to look at that possibility.

Following on from that, there must be a suitably qualified person carrying out the assessments and they must also be independent. A skilled approved mental capacity professional should be involved before a person is placed in an institution, not just when there is an objection or a trigger. There needs to be further clarity on the role of independent mental capacity advocates. Considering that the Bill in its current draft would allow responsible bodies to detain someone without renewal for up to three years, leaving people deprived of their liberty for inappropriate lengths of time, it is essential that there is genuine independence when it comes to such an assessment.