'Vulnerable old people face being 'effectively imprisoned' in care homes if Ministers press ahead with cost-cutting changes to the way that residents are assessed, campaigners fear.
They argue that care home managers will become 'both judge and jury' in cases involving the freedom of their clients, many of whom have dementia.
At present the friends or family of those lacking the mental capacity to decide where they live can object to a home's decisions about their care by applying for an independent review. But the Government is scrapping the existing Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system because they say it is too slow and expensive.
The Government published a Bill in July to establish new Liberty Protection Safeguards. Ministers say it will save councils £200 million a year and give 'swifter access to assessments'.
But critics say the move will strip vital rights from the most vulnerable.
Crucially, the new rules would do away with the automatic right to a review by an independent 'best interest assessor'. Instead, care home managers will carry out 'consultations' about what should happen to a resident.'
Read more: Elderly Britons could be 'imprisoned' by their own care home staff as fears build over cost-cutting shake-up
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