Capacity and best interests in relation to Covid-19 Vaccination – Garden Court Chambers

‘Mrs E was aged 80 and lived in a care home. She had diagnoses of dementia and schizophrenia.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 26th February 2021

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Would receipt of a Covid-19 vaccine be in a mentally incapacitated person’s best interests when other treatments are proposed by a family member? – Garden Court Chambers

‘V is in her early 70s and resides in a care home. She has Korsakoff’s syndrome. SD, V’s daughter, sought a declaration that it would not be in V’s best interests to administer a Covid-19 vaccine to V. The local authority argued it was in V’s best interests to receive the vaccine.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 26th February 2021

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Capacity and best interests in relation to Covid-19 Vaccination – Garden Court Chambers

‘Mrs E was aged 80 and lived in a care home. She had diagnoses of dementia and schizophrenia.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 22nd February 2021

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Court of Protection Newsletter – Spire Barristers

‘Welcome to the latest issue of Spire Barristers’ Public Law Newsletter covering news from around the web, practice updates and case reviews in Court of Protection and Public Law matters.’

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Spire Barristers, 10th February 2021

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Re E [2021] EWCOP 7 – The COVID-19 Vaccine & Capacity – Pump Court Chambers

‘It was just over a month between the first Covid-19 vaccination being administered and the first reported COP decision relating to it. As ever, this decision is fact specific, but there are some important points to take away.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 11th February 2021

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COVID-19 vaccination: capacity and best interests – the first reported Court of Protection judgement – Family Law

‘On 20 January 2021 in the matter of Re E (Vaccine) [2021] EWCOP 7, the Vice-President of the Court of Protection Mr Justice Hayden, delivered the first reported judgement in a vaccination dispute. Mrs E, the 80 year old dementia sufferer at the centre of the dispute (and who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia some 20 years ago), was living in a care home where there had been several cases of COVID-19. On 8 January 2021, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham informed Mrs E’s Accredited Legal Representative that she was to be offered a COVID-19 injection on 11 January, however her son, Mr W, objected to this. Due to the risk of Mrs E succumbing to COVID-19, her legal representatives urgently sought a declaration, pursuant to s.15 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (“MCA 2005”), that it would be lawful and in her best interests to receive the vaccine at the next possible date (the appointment on 11 January having been missed due to the son’s objection).’

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Family Law, 3rd February 2021

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Senior judge authorises giving Covid-19 vaccine to 80-year-old woman in care home despite objections of son – Local Government Lawyer

‘It was lawful and in the best interests of an 80-year-old care home resident with dementia and schizophrenia to be vaccinated against Covid-19 despite the objections of her son, the Vice-President of the Court of Protection has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th January 2021

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BT faces £600m lawsuit over ‘overcharging’ – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2021 in compensation, consumer protection, elderly, news, telecommunications by sally

‘BT is facing a class action lawsuit over claims it failed to compensate elderly customers who were overcharged for landlines for years.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2021

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Divorce in Later Life – Family Law

Posted December 3rd, 2020 in divorce, elderly, news by tracey

‘Karin Walker, Founder of KGW Family Law, explains the issues of specific concern for family lawyers acting for “silver splitters.”’

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Family Law, 2nd December 2020

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Abuse of older people reaches ‘unprecedented level’ during pandemic – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 30th, 2020 in charities, coronavirus, elderly, news, sexual offences, statistics, victims by sally

‘Abuse of older people is at “unprecedented levels” – with almost 2.7 million victims thought to be affected in the UK, a charity has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th November 2020

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Grieving daughter wins first stage of legal fight on Covid releases to care homes – The Guardian

‘A grieving daughter who lost her father to Covid-19 in an Oxfordshire care home has won the first stage of a high court challenge against the government’s policy of discharging hospital patients into care homes without tests.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2020

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Driver who ‘fell asleep’ jailed for causing death – BBC News

Posted November 16th, 2020 in dangerous driving, elderly, imprisonment, news, sentencing, unlawful killing by sally

‘A pensioner who caused the death of a woman after “falling asleep” has been jailed for a year.’

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BBC News, 14th November 2020

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Dementia patient restrained by security guards 18 times to be forcibly treated – Daily Telegraph

‘A dementia patient was restrained by security guards 18 times so he could be forcibly treated, as experts warn the case is “shocking and extreme”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th October 2020

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Care watchdog to review use of DNACPR during pandemic – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 15th, 2020 in care homes, consent, coronavirus, elderly, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘The Care Quality Commission is to review how Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions were used during the coronavirus pandemic.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th October 2020

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Inquiry begins into blanket use in England of Covid ‘do not resuscitate’ orders – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2020 in care homes, elderly, hospitals, inquiries, medical treatment, news by sally

‘An urgent investigation into blanket orders not to resuscitate care home residents has been launched amid fears some elderly people may still be affected by the “unacceptable” practice.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2020

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Coronavirus: Amnesty demands immediate inquiry into care home residents ‘abandoned to die’ – The Independent

‘The human rights of older people have been violated in England’s care homes because of a series of “shockingly irresponsible” government decisions in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a report has found.’

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The Independent, 4th October 2020

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Triaging Coronavirus treatment – (3) the Guidance and discrimination – Cloisters

As part of our series considering the human rights and equality implications of Covid-19, Catherine Casserley and Declan O’Dempsey consider BMA Guidance on the use of characteristics of age and disability in medical triage in the light of discrimination law. This article considers the impact of discrimination law on the guidance.

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Cloisters, 9th June 2020

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Matt Hancock faces legal action from daughter of Covid-19 care home victim – The Guardian

‘Matt Hancock is facing legal action from the daughter of a man who died from Covid-19 in a care home in which the health secretary is accused of a “litany of failures” and misleading the public with his claim to have “thrown a protective ring” around care homes.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2020

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‘I lost my father to Covid-19. Now I’m taking legal action against the UK government’ – The Guardian

‘Dr Minesh Talati wants accountability not just for his father’s death, but the other coronavirus victims who didn’t need to die.’

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The Guardian, 3rd June 2020

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CQC under fire from care home body for failing to report true death toll to ministers – The Guardian

Posted May 27th, 2020 in care homes, coronavirus, elderly, news, notification, statistics by sally

‘The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been accused of failing to alert ministers to the mounting death toll caused by the coronavirus crisis, despite having access to daily information about deaths.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2020

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