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LPS delay: “a time for reflection”

In spring the Department for Health and Social Care announced that the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) would not be implemented until the next Parliament at the very earliest.

Replacing the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) process, LPS is intended to streamline the process and bring 16–17-year-olds, who are currently subject to Court of Protection rulings, into the framework.

The delay means that DoLS continue to apply to anyone aged 18 and over who lacks capacity to consent to the arrangements for their care and treatment and who is cared for in circumstances which deprive them of their liberty.

However, some providers have welcomed the delay as an opportunity for government to get the new Liberty Protection Safeguards 100 per cent right.

Read what they have to say in CHM’s exclusive online feature  

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