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CQC Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards report for 2013-4 published
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The CQC published
on 26 January its fifth annual report on the use of the DOLS regime covering the period 2013-4. It also takes the opportunity to reflect upon the past years since the regime came into force as well as reporting specifically upon practice in 2013-4.
The report paints a distinctly depressing picture in many ways although there are rays of sunshine in particular in the examples that are given from practice where DOLS has been used to bring about positive change in a care regime.
The headline statistics as regards the impact of the Cheshire West
decision (taken from an analysis of the HSCIC figures
) are that the number of applications reported by most (but not all) local authorities in the first two quarters of 2014/15 (55 129) already greatly exceeds the number made by all local authorities in 2013/14 (13 220). At the end of September 2014 there were 19 429 applications where a decision was still to be made while at the end of 2013/14 there were just 359 where a decision was still to be made.
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