Human Rights Act Extended to Care Providers

It has recently been announced that the Human Rights Act is to be extended to protect those whose care is arranged or funded by the government.

Appearing as an amendment within the Care Bill, the extension of the Human Rights Act is set to apply throughout all of the UK, including services funded through direct payments.

The extension of the Human Rights Act, which will impact all care providers who are regulated by the Care Quality Commission and its equivalents, closes a loophole which had previously only enabled individuals to call on the Human Rights Act when care was provided directly by public bodies, or when the individual was placed by councils – or the NHS – in care homes.

News of the Human Rights Act being extended to cover all care providers within the UK, follows reports last month which revealed figures from the Care Commission, which raised the importance of human rights needs for the elderly.

According to the figures from the Care Commission, over a third of care homes within the UK have received warnings about poor care since 2011; with many still failing to meet basic standards.

Those who are receiving care, and feel that their human rights have been breached; our human rights solicitors in London can assist.

Our solicitors are experienced in handling a number of human right cases, and we are able to help whether you’ve been a victim of ill-treatment; or had your human rights breached in another way. To find out how we can help you, contact a member of our legal team, today.

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