The Chief Coroner and MPs are campaigning to end what has been described as an "accidental result" of Mental Capacity Law. If a person who lacks capacity dies whilst under a deprivation of liberty authorisation then the coroner must be informed and an inquest in to the death must be held even where there are no suspicious circumstances.

This inevitably causes distress to families who have to wait to say goodbye to their loved ones even where the death has been expected. Many people who are subject to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) are elderly and die peacefully in a care home.

Furthermore the increase in DOLS cases following the Cheshire West case means that the coroners workload is unnecessarily increased by having to investigate deaths from natural causes.

This story was also covered in today's BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme where you can hear one relative's account of the trauma that followed her aunt's death.