Data from CQC’s inspection regime shows that there is variation between providers, meaning people, including those with dementia, are not consistently receiving the protections of the DoLs. This means, many may not be treated and cared for with as much dignity and respect as they deserve.
George McNamara, Head of Policy at Alzheimer’s Society said: “Depriving anyone of their liberty has to be a last resort, but when necessary it absolutely must be closely monitored, legal and always with the best interests of the person in mind.
“We are deeply troubled that there is a substantial backlog of cases which may lead to people with dementia being unlawfully deprived of their liberty simply because the paperwork is yet to be completed. With over 56,000 DoLs left pending in March 2015, this build up is undermining confidence in the system. The lack of training for staff around the Mental Capacity Act is alarming; urgent action needs to be taken to address this across the health and social care sector. Proper training needs to be in place so staff can confidentially and consistently implement DoLs.
“Every case is individual and if people need advice and support they can call Alzheimer’s Society national helpline on 0300 222 1122.”