Caring for people without capacity – is the law working?

14 June 2013

The new Lords select committee set up specifically to examine the effectiveness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is to launch its inquiry with an evidence session next Tuesday, 18 June.

The committee will quiz a panel of senior government officials from the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Health, on whether the Act has been effective in empowering while also protecting those who may lack capacity to make decisions for themselves.

The committee will ask what is being done to ensure the standards set by the Act are followed, what measures are being taken to tackle abuse in care settings, and what  impact the legislation is having on families and carers.

The committee will start its inquiry by putting questions to:

  • John Hall - Deputy Director of Family Justice, Ministry of Justice;
  • Nick Goodwin - Deputy Director of Court Tribunal Fees, former Deputy Director of Family Justice, Ministry of Justice;
  • Claire Crawley  - Senior Policy Manager-Adult Safeguarding, Department of Health; and
  • Anne-Marie Hamilton - (acting) Deputy Director of Social Care Quality and Safety Branch, Department of Health

The evidence session will take place at 10.45am, on June 18 in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords.

A call for evidence for this inquiry is expected towards the end of June.

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