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A woman in her late 60s who was "locked into the end stage" of multiple sclerosis died in late 2015 after a Court of Protection judge allowed medics to cease artificial feeding. The woman's daughter had told how her mother was "completely incapacitated" and had asked Mr Justice Hayden to…
Relatives want a sick man with severe learning disabilities to be allowed to "die naturally" even though specialists say he is not near the end of his life and should be fed artificially. A judge in the specialist Court of Protection, where issues relating to people who lack the mental…
Northern Ireland’s chief social worker, Sean Holland, has welcomed a new workshop and resource kit to equip people with a learning disability with the skills that they need to make informed choices and decisions about their lives. Speaking at the launch of 'The Capacity, Consent & Decision Making Workshop' project…
Four staff members at a residential facility for vulnerable adults have been excluded from work amid a police investigation into concerns about their conduct. Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Antrim provides care for adults with an intellectual disability and those with behavioural or mental ill health. It is understood a probe…
The number of applications to detain people with mental health issues, dementia or learning difficulties for their own safety has reached the highest level on record. Meanwhile, thousands of applications have taken more than a year to be completed - despite the recommended time-frame of just three weeks. In some…
New figures published by the Mental Welfare Commission show a rise of 12.5% in existing guardianship orders in Scotland, to 12,082 at March 2017. These orders are granted by a court when a person does not have the capacity to make some or all decisions for themselves because of mental…
A 79-year-old woman left brain damaged and severely physically disabled following a stroke has died following a life-support treatment ruling by a judge in a specialist court. Mr Justice Cobb had decided that doctors could lawfully stop artificial feeding after analysing the case at a hearing in the Court of…
A woman with a severe learning disability who gave birth to a boy after probably being raped should be given contraception, a senior judge has ruled following a hearing in a specialist court. Mr Justice Cobb decided that the woman should be given a contraceptive patch on a trial basis.…
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