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During the pandemic, the principles of the MCA and the safeguards provided by DoLS still apply.
Over the coming months we will see changes to the existing care and treatment arrangements of a great many vulnerable patients in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. During a period when care providers need to be increasingly flexible and the time of healthcare staff is a precious resource, there is a concern the DoLS regime will delay essential decision-making in response to the challenges of the pandemic.
The response to that concern by the new guidance has three essential underlying elements:
You can find a copy of this new guidance here.
Other key points of the guidance include:
The guidance contains a flow-chart to assist with deciding whether a DoLS application is needed in any particular situation. The guidance also contains a new shortened template to use for urgent applications at Annex B.
If you need assistance with any aspect of the DoLS regime during the pandemic, do get in touch. Our team of Court of Protection specialists are here to help.
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