The use of the Mental Capacity Act has been advocated by some as an appropriate way of preventing a mentally disturbed person from leaving, and keeping them in A&E until a Mental Health Act assessment can occur. In order to explore this further, I agreed to coordinate a call for evidence, asking people to send information on cases where people had left A&E, and sadly came to harm.
The purpose is to consider which legal frameworks could have been used, whether further training and development is needed to ensure people could use the current frameworks appropriately, or whether a change in the law is needed.
Claire Barcham, Associate
Read Claire's blog here for more details and information about how to submit evidence and get involved.