“At least seven times as many elderly and disabled people are being routinely restrained or locked up in care homes and hospitals as previously thought,” reports UK’s The Telegraph. The revelations came to light in the wake of a UK Supreme Court decision that required care providers to respect the rights of people who’ve been certified under mental health laws, and to actually obtain specific written, legal orders to use restraints on them.
“A scathing House of Lords committee report, published just days before the Supreme Court ruling, also warned that legal safeguards were being ignored,” reports the Telegraph. The new procedures have allowed the extent of the use of restraints to be measured. “Councils have faced a surge in applications for legal clearance to deprive patients of their liberty.”
Care home restraint seven times level previously thought (The Telegraph, October 7, 2014)