Call for evidence for Mental Capacity Act code

Categories: Care and Policy.

The Ministry of Justice has issued a consultation to gather views on the forthcoming revision of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Code of Practice.

The MCA of England and Wales is designed to protect and empower people who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It also helps people who have capacity to make preparations for a time when they may lack capacity in the future.

Since the Act came into force in 2007, the Code of Practice has provided practical guidance to carers and practitioners, who have a formal duty to adhere to it. It is also important guidance for the friends and family of the individual, to enable them to better understand the practical insight the Act offers to those who lack capacity.

The Call for Evidence is aiming to establish the extent to which the current Code of Practice reflects current needs and changes to the law over the last 11 years. The questions in the consultation are designed to inform the Government’s decision-making on which aspects of the Code need revising.

The consultation closes on March 7. For more information and to take part visit Revising the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice: Call for evidence

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