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KERRIE WOOLTORTON AND THE MENTAL CAPACITY ACT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 2012: tabled on 13 October 2009

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 27 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House records with deep regret the tragic death of Kerrie Wooltorton, who attempted suicide by swallowing anti-freeze and handed a letter to hospital staff stating that she did not want to be saved; notes the great distress of her parents who informed doctors that she was suffering from a mental disorder causing bouts of severe depression and begged that she should be resuscitated; notes they were informed that the staff were frightened to do so because under the Mental Capacity Act they could be charged with assault; notes that 26 year-old Kerrie died the following day and that many hon. Members wish to offer their deep sympathies to her parents in their grief; recalls that civil servants responsible for drafting the Bill, Government officials and hon. Members were repeatedly warned that this was exactly the kind of case which could result from the law; further notes that among those who gave warnings were John Finnis, Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy, Oxford University, Dr Phillip Howard, Consultant and Senior Lecturer in General and Emergency Medicine and Jamie Bogle, Barrister in Family Law; and urges the Government to ensure that now that hon. Members have had an opportunity to see the results of the relative clauses in the Act, they should be allowed a review to consider the manner of its working and whether it requires amending.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.