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Cambridgeshire County Council 13 016 935 [2015] MHLO 9 (LGO)

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LGO's summary: "Complaint from a woman that the council moved her husband into a residential home against both his and her wishes. She says she was forced to accept this course of action and the council failed to properly consider her preference of care home. The Ombudsman upheld the complaint and found fault causing injustice. Recommendations: To remedy the injustice caused, we recommend the council (within three months of the date of our report): (1) apologise to the woman for the failures outlined in our report. This apology should accept responsibility for the faults, and acknowledge the impact these had on her. It should also include an assurance that the same faults will not happen again, and explain what steps have been taken to ensure this; (2) set a timetable for refresher training for social care staff on mental capacity assessments, best interests decisions, deprivation of liberty and the role of the Court of Protection and how to advise the public on their rights. This may involve the council reviewing the current status of residents who may be deprived of their liberty without proper authorisation; and (3) pay the woman £750 to recognise the distress caused by the failings identified and the time and trouble she has expended in making the complaint."

External link

Local Government Ombudsman, 'Report by the Local Government Ombudsman: Investigation into a complaint against Cambridgeshire County Council (Reference number: 13 016 935)' (20/1/15)

Local Government Lawyer, 'LGO urges proper recording of capacity assessments under Mental Capacity Act' (28/1/15)

Lucy Series, 'Call the rozzers!' (The Small Places Blog, 28/1/15)