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Italian caesarean woman used as pawn

We have seen in last few days the dangers of the media and politicians using half truths and misinformation to undermine the confidence of the public in human rights and the judicial process.

I refer of course to the tragic case of the Italian woman. The reality was when she was detained under the Mental Health Act, this could not have happened unless the procedure prescribed by law was followed (sectioning).

In relation to her caesarean section this was approved by the Court of Protection where she was represented by the Official Solicitor. In relation to the adoption of her child this was also judicially determined.  

To get the better understanding of this tragic case click here.

Peter Edwards Law wishes a very Happy Christmas and New Year to all our clients, supporters and friends.

The promotion of human rights, respect and values for vulnerable people remains an uphill but worthwhile struggle.

Early next year will see the Courts giving (hopefully) clarity to a number of difficult issues. These include cases that we have taken challenging where the bar should be set for vulnerable people when consenting to sex and marriage and how vulnerable people’s rights are should be protected when they are represented by the Official Solicitor / Litigation Friend (who has to take a best interests approach). It is also vital to understand what amount to a deprivation of liberty. The Supreme Court will pass down their judgement shortly in the case of Cheshire West. The irony is that for those who lack capacity, the only realistic chance they have of challenging decisions made by local authorities or their families are if they are considered to be deprived of their liberty.

To keep any eye on how the law and rights progress develop during 2014 please come back to our website and follow me on Twitter.

Best wishes
Peter Edwards

New Youtube channel available

Peter Edwards features in 10 new videos added to the new website explaining how our specialist team can help protect vulnerable people, the impact of not planning for your incapacity and the expertise we have to offer. 

National Advocacy conference

Peter Edwards gave a keynote speech a the recent National advocacy conference exploring the role advocates play in shaping services and representing service users when things go wrong. Read the article and watch the video here ...

Decision makers fail to understand the Mental Capacity Act

Doctors, social workers, even lawyers and other professionals working within Mental Health and Incapacity law are failing to apply the checks and balances the law provides. 

This undermines people's human rights and can be used as a draconic tool to control people who lack capacity. Read more ...

Peter Edwards Law launches new website

We've launched a brand new website with a new look and new features including Opinion and News on the latest issues facing those working with the Mental Health & Incapacity Laws.

You can also find us on Twitter, Youtube and our newsletter has been revamped too! Take a look and let us know what you think .... visit website

Latest Training

Our latest training courses are available on our website. On 13 December 2013 we are running our Forensic Mental Health course. Read more...

The "right" to make foolish decisions

A thought provoking article about right to take risks if you lack capacity by Sir Mark Hedley. Read more...

Postcode lottery in DoLS review mechanism

Read the latest article from Lucy Series explaining how Local Authorities are applying the review mechanism in different ways ... read more

Keep up-to-date with Mental Health Law

Here's a great website we think is really useful for keeping up-to-date with Mental Health & Incapacty Law. Apart from our own of course! Click here

Care bill could allow Councils to cut back on aftercare

A clause in the government’s Care Bill will damage patient care and cause more disputes between councils and NHS agencies over providing aftercare of people detained under the Mental Health Act. Read more...

Mental Health nurse turns Twitter activist

A Mental Health provided a running tweet commentary highlighting the powerlessness and alienation often experienced by people within the system. Read more ...

Useful links

Here are some useful links for keeping up-to-date with Mental Health & Incapacity legal issues:

Dave Sheppard
39 Essex Street
Lucy Series
Mental Health Law online
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