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Do doctors listen to their patients?

The bodies responsible for standards of care and medical training in England will appear before the House of Lords Committee charged with investigating the Mental Capacity Act 2005, to discuss if doctors' training is helping or hindering compliance with the Act. The evidence session will be on Tuesday 15 October

The Committee will be hearing from:

  • Professor Amanda Howe, Honorary Secretary at the Royal College of GPs;
  • Professor Sue Bailey, Vice Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists;
  • Dr Julie Chalmers, lead on Mental Health Law, Royal College of Psychiatrists;
  • Dr Dorothy Apakama, Member of the Clinical Effectiveness Committee, the College of Emergency Medicine; and
  • Dr Tony Calland, Chair of the Medical Ethics Committee at the British Medical Association.

The Committee will ask the witnesses to respond to criticisms that doctors fail to implement the rights of vulnerable people contained in the Mental Capacity Act; how the Act is reflected in their standard setting and training for medical professions; if it is complied with in all situations, including emergency contexts; and if the medical professions could do more to raise public awareness of the Act.

The evidence session will take place at 10.40 am, on Tuesday 15 October in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords.

The session will be webcast at 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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