Letter - Protective Act is not draconian legislation

Sarah Robertson's story, 'Amazon to drive controversial Act' (News, 20 July) rightly talks of our appointment to work on the new Mental Capacity Act. However, in her comments about the Act, she appears to be describing another law called the Mental Health Act.

The Mental Capacity Act offers a framework to empower and protect people who may lack the capacity to make certain decisions for themselves. This includes, for example, people with dementia, people who have had accidents resulting in brain injury, or people with a learning disability.

The Act makes it clear who can take decisions for these people and how. It covers major decisions relating to finance, property or healthcare, as well as everyday issues, such as what a person eats or how they should be cared for.

The Act is there to help people who would otherwise be very vulnerable and it has been widely welcomed. It in no way relates to the detention of those with severe personality disorders.

Tony Josephs, director, Amazon PR.

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