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Bloomsburry Family law

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Consent to Treatment and the Mental Health Act 1983

Detained status of itself does not imply inability to give consent. For all treatments proposed for a detained patient, and which may be lawfully given under the Act, it is necessary first to seek the patients agreement and consent. It is the personal responsibility of the patients rmo (responsible medical officer) to ensure that the patients valid consent has been sought and the interview at which such consent was sought should be properly recorded.

Residential Care : The Regulatory Framework: Can it Help or Hinder Your Client?

The Government believes that entering residential or nursing home care should always be a positive choice. (Caring for People 1989) Community care is about changing the balance of services and finding the most suitable placement for people from a wide range of options. It is not about imposing a community solution as the only option, in the way that institutional care has been the only option for many people in the past. (Making a reality of community care, Audit Commission 1986)

Community Care Case Reports

Since the landmark cases of Sefton and Gloucestershire, there have been a number of cases that have gone through the Courts, which do have an impact on the provision of community care services for clients. Anne Edis reports on the principle cases.

Bournewood and Beyond

The House of Lords decision in the case of L v Bournewood Community and Mental Health Trust1 may have been met with a sigh of relief by professionals working in the mental health field2, but anyone expecting a return to the pre Court of Appeal position is likely to be disappointed

Planning Ahead For Post Death Events

The last three issues of Elderly Client Adviser have carried articles about the ways in which the provision made in a will or on intestacy can be varied after death. Such a variation might take place because of a change in circumstances since the will was written, the need to settle claims made against the estate or simply in order to save inheritance tax (IHT).

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