Hacker declared fit to stand trial in US court – The Independent

Posted March 29th, 2012 in computer crime, extradition, mental health, news by sally

“Gary McKinnon is almost certain to be extradited to the US after a psychiatrist declared him fit to be sent abroad, despite the same doctor having said three years ago that the computer hacker was too great a suicide risk to be handed to American authorities.”

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The Independent, 29th March 2012

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In re S (A Child) (Abduction: Custody Appeal) – WLR Daily

Posted March 16th, 2012 in child abduction, law reports, mental health by tracey

In re S (A Child) (Abduction: Custody Appeal): [2012] UKSC 10;  [2012] WLR (D)  78

“A child should not be returned to his country of habitual residence if the court considered that his mother who had to accompany him would on return suffer such anxieties that their effect on her mental health would create an intolerable situation for the child. It did not matter whether the mother’s anxieties were reasonable or not.”

WLR Daily, 14th March 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Woman loses breakdown damages claim – The Independent

Posted March 13th, 2012 in bullying, damages, employment, harassment, mental health, news by sally

“A woman lost her £1 million damages action today [12 March] over a catastrophic breakdown which she claimed was caused by a work colleague set on destroying her.”

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The Independent, 12th March 2012

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Ian Brady to face mental health tribunal in public – The Independent

Posted March 12th, 2012 in mental health, murder, news, tribunals by sally

“Moors Murderer Ian Brady’s mental health tribunal will be held in public this summer, a judge has ruled. It is only the second time such a hearing has been open to scrutiny in this way.”

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The Independent, 10th March 2012

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Best Interest decision-making in the Court of Protection – No. 5 Chambers

Posted March 6th, 2012 in Court of Protection, mental health, news by sally

“Decision making in the Court of Protection on behalf of persons who lacks capacity is a familiar role for the court. The High Court has exercised its parens patriae jurisdiction in order to take decisions on behalf of vulnerable individuals for over 700 years. This jurisdiction was originally part of the Royal Prerogative, deriving from power and duty, based upon the Monarch’s conscience, to intervene in order to protect the best interests of his subjects in circumstances where those individuals could not make decisions for themselves.”

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No. 5 Chambers, 1st March 2012

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Is it illegal to abort an unborn baby because of its sex? Not necessarily – The Guardian

Posted February 29th, 2012 in abortion, gender, mental health, news by tracey

“The sting that showed clinics agreeing to requests for sex-selective abortion caused outrage. Yet it’s far from clear that the practice is always illegal.”

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The Guardian, 28th February 2012

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Ex-Norwich striker Leon McKenzie jailed for bogus letters to police – The Guardian

“The former Norwich City striker Leon McKenzie has been jailed for sending bogus letters to the police in a bid to avoid a driving ban.”

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The Guardian, 21st February 2012

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Woman jailed for withdrawing rape allegation appeals against conviction – The Guardian

“A woman who was jailed for falsely retracting an accusation of rape against her husband has appeared in court seeking to have her conviction quashed.”

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The Guardian, 15th February 2012

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Court bans autistic woman from having sex – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 15th, 2012 in autism, consent, disabled persons, mental health, news, sexual offences by sally

“The Court of Protection has ruled that an autistic woman with an IQ of 64 does not have the mental capacity to engage in sexual relations, on the basis that she does not understand the implications and cannot effectively deploy the information she has understood into her decisions.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th February 2012

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Analysis | Rabone and the rights to life of voluntary mental health patients – Part 2/2 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 14th, 2012 in damages, human rights, mental health, news, Supreme Court by sally

“This is the second of two blogs on the recent Supreme Court case of Rabone and another v Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust [2012] UKSC 2.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th February 2012

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Foster parents told to stay away from ‘autistic’ man – The Independent

Posted February 13th, 2012 in autism, Court of Protection, fostering, local government, mental health, news by sally

“A vulnerable young man with significant learning difficulties and ‘autistic tendencies’ was controversially taken away from his foster family of 12 years, the Court of Protection heard yesterday.”

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The Independent, 11th February 2012

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Analysis | Rabone and the rights to life of voluntary mental health patients – Part 1/2 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 13th, 2012 in duty of care, hospital orders, mental health, news, suicide by sally

“At first sight, Article 2 – the ‘right to life’ – seems to be a prohibition on extra-judicial executions and state-sponsored death squads. It does, of course have a role to play in that respect (and one that is not limited to those countries whose signature of the Convention is viewed with scepticism from Western Europe).”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th February 2012

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Winterbourne View staff admit abuse of patients with learning difficulties – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2012 in assault, care homes, guilty pleas, mental health, news by tracey

“Three members of staff have admitted mistreating patients at a private hospital for people with learning difficulties.”

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The Guardian, 9th February 2012

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Rabone v Pennine Care NHS Trust – WLR Daily

Posted February 9th, 2012 in duty of care, hospitals, law reports, mental health, news, suicide, Supreme Court by sally

Rabone v Pennine Care NHS Trust [2012] UKSC 2; [2012] WLR (D) 23

“A psychiatric in-patient who was known to be at real and immediate risk of suicide was owed a positive operational duty under article 2 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms by the NHS trust to take preventative measures to safeguard her life even though she was a voluntary patient who was not detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.”

WLR Daily, 8th February 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Hospital breached duty of care to psychiatric patient, supreme court rules – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2012 in duty of care, hospitals, mental health, news, suicide, Supreme Court by sally

“An NHS trust breached its duty of care to a 20-year-old patient who killed herself while on home release from a psychiatric unit, the supreme court has ruled.”

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The Guardian, 8th February 2012

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Hospital had human rights duty to protect voluntary patient from suicide, rules Supreme Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 8th, 2012 in damages, hospitals, human rights, mental health, news, suicide by sally

“The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that a mental health hospital had an ‘operational’ obligation under article 2 of the European Court of Human Rights (the right to life) to protect a voluntary patient from suicide. This is the first time the reach of the article 2 obligation to protect life has been expanded to a voluntary patient; that is, a patient who was not detained under the Mental Health Act.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 8th February 2012

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Mental Capacity Act Code needs revising to enable more effective best interests decisions, says Mental Health Foundation – Family Law Week

Posted February 3rd, 2012 in codes of practice, mental health, news, social services by sally

“The Mental Health Foundation, in partnership with the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol and the Centre for Applied Social Research at the University of Bradford, have published a report calling for the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Code of Practice to be revised to enable health and social care staff to make more effective best interests decisions.”

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Family Law Week, 2nd February 2012

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Nurse detained under mental health act for sexual assault – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2012 in hospital orders, mental health, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

“A nurse who prompted an international search because of fears he could have malaria has been detained under the Mental Health Act for sexually assaulting a waitress.”

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The Guardian, 27th January 2012

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Psychiatric nurse struck off after forcing himself on pregnant patient – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 27th, 2012 in disciplinary procedures, mental health, news, nurses, professional conduct by tracey

“Jonathan Henk, a psychiatric nurse who forced himself on a patient he was secretly dating after discovering she was pregnant by another man, has been struck off.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th January 2012

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Judge slams quality of mental health advocacy – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 19th, 2012 in advocacy, legal representation, mental health, news, tribunals by sally

“A judge has fiercely criticised the quality of advocacy in mental health review tribunals (MHRT) as calls intensify across the profession for the compulsory accreditation of practitioners appearing for mentally ill clients.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th January 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk