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Best Interests and Covid-19 Vaccinations

The first Court of Protection judgment in relation to capacity, best interests and the Covid-19 vaccination has been published. The matter concerns Mrs E, an 80-year old woman, who had been living in her current care home since March 2020,…

Court says video assessments unlawful

We have updated this briefing with guidance from NHS England since we first published it on 25 January 2021. On 22 January 2021 the court handed down judgement in the case of Devon Partnership NHS Trust v S of S for…

Court says video assessments unlawful

On 22 January 2021 the court handed down judgement in the case of Devon Partnership NHS Trust v S of S for HSC [2021] EWHC 101. A case with potentially wide ramifications where patients have been detained under the Mental Health…

White Paper on reform of mental health law

Back in October 2017 the then Prime Minister Theresa May announced a review of the Mental Health Act chaired by Prof Simon Wessely. That review reported in December 2018 and the Queen’s speech in 2020 reiterated the Government’s commitment to…

Major Reform of the Mental Health Act

The White Paper ‘Reforming the Mental Health Act’ as promised by the Government was published today. Announcing its launch, the press release confirms that the White Paper sets out the path towards the Government’s commitment to introduce the first new…

Hospital bed possession during Covid-19

Injunctive relief will be granted to remove a patient from a hospital ward when their licence to occupy has been terminated, despite the current stay on possession proceedings. The recent case of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v…