Tens of thousands of people with disabilities and mental health problems could have their right to freedom wrongly denied because of vast backlogs in assessing their care.
A Supreme Court ruling in March changed the law on what constitutes a deprivation of a person’s liberty. Since the ruling, lawyers believe even caring for people in their own homes may be a breach of their right to freedom if it is against their wishes and best interests.
Sir James Munby, President of the Court of Protection, heard the decision has caused an explosion of cases needing to be assessed, pushing local authorities to “crisis” point.
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