Applications to detain patients rise

HSCIC chair, Kingsley Manning

HSCIC chair, Kingsley Manning

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NEARLY 40 Wiganers were detained in hospitals or care homes last year using Deprivation of Liberty (DOLs) orders according to official NHS figures.

A report released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) also show that Wigan had the highest number of applications for DOLs (102) in the region behind Manchester (220).

Of the 102 applications 37 were granted and the remaining 65 were declined.

DOLs were introduced in 2009 to ensure anybody over the age of 18 who lacks the capacity to consent to their care arrangements are only detained in care homes and hospitals when this is in their best interests, to prevent harm to them and as a proportionate response to that harm.

The HSCIC report said that councils had “reported a sharp increase” in the number of DOLs applications following the judgement.

The HSCIC figures cover the year up to March 31 2014 so do not reflect the impact of a Supreme Court ruling on March 19 this year that has already led to a surge in deprivation of liberty cases in 2014-15.

HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: “Depriving an individual of their liberty is a measure that is undertaken for the safety of the patient. The DOLs legal framework ensures that these individuals are only deprived of their liberty in a necessary and proportionate way.”