Concerns raised over sharp rise in care home DoL applications

29 March 2019 – Care Home Professional

Concerns were raised after figures revealed a sharp rise in Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) applications by care homes and hospitals.

DoL applications rose by 14% to 4,557 in 2018 with DoL orders up by 4% over the same period, according to the Ministry of Justice.

During the last quarter of 2018, DoL applications rose by 2% year on year to 1,052. DoL orders rose by 16% over the same period.

The figures were published as sector leaders continued to voice their opposition to changes to the Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill currently making their way through Parliament (see Further Fire directed at Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill).

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