FICM/ICS Guidance on MCA and DoLS

9 February 2017

Following the judgement from the Court of Appeal in the Ferreira v Coroner of Inner South London case regarding Deprivation of Liberty (DoLS) in the ICU, a summary statement has been prepared on behalf of the Faculty and Intensive Care Society.

FICM & ICS Guidance on MCA and DoLS   
                                                                                                  
The judgement pronounced that DoLS does not apply in the administration of life saving treatment, with the exception of very special circumstances. The FICM and ICS Legal and Ethical Policy Unit submitted a written intervention as part of the case and consider this a positive development for the management of DoLS within the critical care environment. A brief summary of the judgement can be found here:

http://www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk/deprivation-of-liberty-in-intensive-care-the-court-of-appeal-decides/