New figures show DoLs have reached the highest level on record

Figures from NHS Digital have shown DoLs reaching their highest level. Figures reached 217,235 during 2016/7, the highest since they were introduced in 2009.

Concerns from charity managers have arisen with Gavin Terry, policy manager at the Alzheimer’s Society saying that the figures proving “an unacceptable number of people are being left in limbo by a system that is too complex, over-stretched and under-resourced”.

“It is vital that the Government responds to the Law Commission’s proposals and takes forward a comprehensive plan of reform that ensures the rights of people with dementia not to be unlawfully deprived of their liberty are protected.”

Statistics show that by 2021, one million people will be living with dementia and this will soar to two million by 2051. In light of these statistics and the recent figures by NHS Digital, it remains to be seen what the Law Commission will do, but it is vital that something is done.

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