Lack  of capacity to decide about care and treatment

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (MCA DoLS) protect people who lack capacity to decide about their care and treatment and who need to be cared for in an particularly restrictive way.

The MCA DoLS in its code of practice set out a standard process that hospitals and care homes should follow if they think it will be necessary to deprive a person of their liberty as part of the care regime in their own best interest to protect them from harm. The full code of practice can be found in the external links section of this page.

If you believe that someone is being deprived of their liberty without authorisation in a hospital or care home, talk to person in charge and ask them to apply for authorisation. If they do not, and you are still concerned, please contact the Cambridgeshire Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Team. 

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