Mental Health Act reform – draft legislation now
In the Queen’s Speech, it was announced that draft legislation would be brought forward to reform the Mental Health Act in England and Wales. The purpose of the draft Bill is to: Ensure patients suffering from mental health conditions have greater control over their treatment and receive the dignity and respect they deserve. Make it easier for people with learning disabilities and autism to be discharged from hospital. Read
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has come under fire for “ducking and diving” over the issue of discharges into care homes during COVID.
In a meeting of the Parliament she was challenged to accept the High Court in England ruling that the policy of discharging positive & untested Covid patients into care homes was “unlawful”, unreasonable and “irrational”. Read
Government confirms it won’t appeal COVID care home ruling.
The Government has decided not to appeal a High Court
decision which found that the policy of discharging patients from hospitals to care homes at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was unlawful.
Former health secretary Matt Hancock & Public Health
England (PHE) were taken to court by two women who argued that patients with the coronavirus were discharged from
hospitals back to care homes without testing. Read
Regulation 28 report to Prevent future Deaths by HM Senior Coroner for Hertfordshire, Geoffrey Sullivan, on the 10th Feb 2022.
This relates to a Care home fire in 2017 resulting in two deaths.
Two matters of concern were raised.
The MATTERS OF CONCERN are as follows. – (1) That sprinkler systems are not a mandatory requirement for care homes whose occupants have either limited or no independent mobility and are therefore at higher risk from fire.
Care Home Residents To Receive Free Vitamin D Doses.
The government will provide a one off free 4-month supply of daily vitamin D supplements for residents in residential and nursing care homes in England to help support their general health, in particular bone and muscle health. Delivered direct to Nursing & Care Homes from January 2021.