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KERRIE WOOLTORTON AND THE MENTAL CAPACITY ACT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 167: tabled on 23 November 2009

Tabled in the 2009-10 session.

This motion has been signed by 36 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; further notes they were informed that the staff were frightened to do so because under the Mental Capacity Act they could be charged with assault; further 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.

Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 2009
Southend West
Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 26 November 2009
Rossendale and Darwen
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 24 November 2009
Leeds West
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2009
Bootle
Binley, Mr Brian
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 2009
Northampton South
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 2009
Worthing West
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2009
Barnsley West and Penistone
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2009
Easington
Davies, Philip
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 2009
Shipley
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2009
Burton
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2009
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 23 November 2009
Foyle
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 November 2009
Portsmouth South
Hands, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 2009
Hammersmith and Fulham
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2009
Bolton South East
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2009
Tamworth
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 23 November 2009
South Antrim
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 23 November 2009
Belfast South
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 24 November 2009
Mansfield
Pritchard, Mark
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 2009
The Wrekin
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 November 2009
Southport
Shepherd, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 2009
Aldridge-Brownhills
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 2 December 2009
Upper Bann
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2009
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2009
Finchley and Golders Green
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Independent
Signed on 23 November 2009
Liverpool, West Derby
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 2009
Macclesfield
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 November 2009
Teignbridge

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.