Duties under s117.
Mrs Fletcher (not her real name for legal reasons) was discharged from hospital following a period of detention under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Initially the Council funded her aftercare in a residential care home under Section 117 of the Act. But following a review of her case the Council determined that Mrs Fletcher no longer needed aftercare and so could be discharged from Section 117.
The Ombudsman found that the discharge criteria applied by the Council were seriously flawed and its decision about Mrs Fletcher’s continuing need for aftercare was, therefore, unsafe.
Maladministration causing injustice, remedy agreed.
Council agreed to:
LGO website - summaries of adult care services reports
Media:06b16774.doc - local copy of full report (not available on LGO website)