Launch of mental capacity legislation consultation - groundbreaking one bill proposed for NI

May 28, 2014

Health Minister Edwin Poots and Justice Minister David Ford launched 27th May a consultation on a draft Mental Capacity Bill and proposals relating to those in the Criminal Justice system.

​The draft Mental Capacity Bill will introduce a single, statutory framework governing all situations where a decision needs to be made in relation to the care, treatment (for a physical or mental illness) or personal welfare, of a person aged 16 or over, who lacks capacity to make the decision for themselves.
Health Minister, Edwin Poots, said: “I am delighted that the core provisions of the draft Bill are now being published for consultation and I want to thank the many people and organisations for their significant contributions to date. This new framework is intended to deliver the Bamford vision of reducing the stigma associated with having a separate mental health law. It will for the first time anywhere, fuse together mental health and mental capacity law into a single piece of legislation.
“It will ensure that where a person has the mental capacity to make a specific decision about their care or treatment or personal welfare, they are allowed and supported to do so; and it will strengthen protections for those vulnerable people in our society who lack capacity to make these decisions for themselves.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform this important area of law. I would urge everyone to become involved and contribute ideas and views through this consultation process so that we can enhance protections for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

To access more information on the consultation, click here (source: OFMDFM news service)