New offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect – consultation Department of Health

Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Active & Supportive Communities, Home Page, Workforce | 0 comments

This consultation sets out the government’s proposals for the development of a new, clear and specific criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect of patients and service users. This offence would apply in both England and Wales, as criminal law is not devolved in Wales.

The Department of Health wants to hear your views on each of the proposals within this document, which will inform the development of the precise formulation of the statutory offence. Following the conclusion of this consultation, we will be seeking to legislate as soon as Parliamentary time allows.

Deadline for comments is 5pm 31 March 2014.

You can send your comments via:

  • Email to: or
  • Write to: Ill-treatment or Wilful Neglect Consultation, c/o Mia Snook, Room 2E11 Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7UE

Read the consultation document



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