Lords quiz justice and care ministers on Mental Capacity Act

29 November 2013


The House of Lords Committee charged with investigating the Mental Capacity Act 2005 will question Lord McNally and Norman Lamb MP on Tuesday 3 December, in the final evidence session of the inquiry

Having spent the past six months hearing evidence from those directly affected, their carers, doctors, lawyers, care homes, local authorities, regulators and the judiciary, among many others, the Committee will next week challenge Ministers on why widespread non-compliance is going apparently unchecked.

The Committee will ask what the Government is doing to achieve the ‘revolution in public attitudes and practice’ expected as a result of the Act; to fix the failure to apply safeguards to those who may be deprived of their liberty in care homes and hospitals; to improve professional practice, holding to account those who fail; and to ensure that the NHS responds effectively to the MCA and that the Court of Protection is fit for purpose.

The evidence session will take place at 10.40 am on Tuesday 3 December in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords.

The session will be webcast at www.parliamentlive.tv and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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