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Charities welcome Government proposals on mental capacity

Issue date: 17 July 2006

The Making Decisions Alliance welcomes the publication of two key government documents today which will help protect the rights of people who may lack the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

Richard Kramer, Chair of the Making Decisions Alliance and Director of Policy at Turning Point said:

“The government’s response to its consultation on ‘Lasting Powers of Attorney’ provides a fundamental step forward in allowing people choice and control over decisions about their property and medical treatment, in the event that they cannot make these decisions for themselves in the future.

“It is right that people should be able to nominate somebody to make those decisions on their behalf when they are unable to do so - including the decision to withdraw treatment. We are satisfied that there are safeguards in this legislation to ensure that euthanasia will remain illegal.

“The Making Decisions Alliance also welcomes the formal consultation on the new Court of Protection. The Court of Protection will be crucial in ensuring the principles of the Mental Capacity Act are followed, resolving disputes and clarifying complex cases concerning the capacity of a person.

“The charities that make up the Making Decision Alliance campaigned strongly for new mental capacity legislation to empower people with disabilities to make their own decisions and to provide fuller protection of their rights. Both these documents are crucial in bringing the new mental capacity legislation to life and to changing the way people with disabilities and their rights are perceived. “

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For further information please contact the Turning Point press office on 0207 553 5238, out of hours mobile 07786 938 601.

Turning Point is the UK’s leading social care organisation.  We provide services for people with complex needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems or those with a learning disability.  We provide services in over 200 locations and have contact with 130,000 people a year.

The Making Decisions Alliance (MDA) comprises of nearly 40 national and regional disability and older people's organisations and was formed in 2002 because the legal situation with mental capacity - the ability to make decisions for ourselves - was totally inadequate and affected so many people.

The Making Decisions Alliance therefore successfully campaigned for new legislation on mental capacity for England and Wales and was very influential in shaping the Mental Capacity Act 2005 which was passed by Parliament in April 2005.


The information on this page was provided by members of the Making Decisions Alliance. It was last updated on 2 October, 2006

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