The Ombudsman has found fault with a local authority over the delay in assessing a man with a learning disability kept on a mental health hospital. The report states: ‘There was undoubtedly fault in respect of DoLS in this case. The Council took much too long to assess Y and put in place the authority sought by the hospital…’

‘I am satisfied this caused a significant injustice to Y as a result. The Council’s failure deprived him of his rights, particularly to challenge his stay at hospital.’

The report can be downloaded from this link Haringey and DoLS 19 003 309 – Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman