Care users need stronger human rights protections – JCHR report finds
Rights for Residents, along with others, have been giving written and oral evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights since they began their enquiries into care settings early in 2021.
Their second report, published 22nd July, provides further evidence that supports our call for Gloria’s Law – that would give all those in health and social care settings the right to maintain contact with at least one family member or friend in all circumstances. This influential report will certainly help inform discussions at the upcoming back bench business debate on the issue. The report demonstrates a clear need for legislation:
“We still do not believe that there are sufficient measures in place to ensure adequate respect for the right to private and family life (Article 8 ECHR) in relation to care users and visiting arrangements in care settings”. (Paragraph 81)
“The Government must introduce legislation to secure to care users the right to nominate one or more individuals to visit and to provide support or care in all circumstances, subject to the same infection prevention and control rules as care staff”. (Paragraph 83)