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Coroner’s concerns about failure to use the Mental Capacity Act in an NHS acute Trust

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has been criticised recently (16 September) by a coroner over the failure to use the Mental Capacity Act.

‘...there was a fundamental failure by the clinical and nursing staff to adequately consider and assess Mrs. Esaw’s capacity to make decisions about her own care needs whilst she was a patient at Tameside General Hospital between 12th and 28th September 2018. This failure in my view, undermined her discharge planning and was one of the key reasons why the discharge was unsafe.’

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