Council’s decision to stop majority of DoLS assessments left 3,000 without legal protection, ombudsman finds

03 April 2019 – Community Care

A council’s decision to stop assessing a majority of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) requests has left thousands of people with no or delayed access to proper legal protections, according to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

Staffordshire council decided not to action any more assessments of low and medium priority DoLS applications it received from care homes after the council created its own guidance for ranking requests, which it says was in response to financial pressures.

According to the watchdog, this meant that around 3,000 people had no or delayed access to the proper legal process designed to check whether a decision to deprive a person of their liberty is lawful.

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