This section contains links to news stories or press releases relating to human rights and healthcare. The breadth of issues and severity of many of the cases illustrate the need to place human rights at the centre of health and social care.
Extracts taken from CQC - Care Quality Commission - media release.
'People often not at the centre of their own care, says CQC as it publishes reports from its review of services for people with learning disabilities
'The Care Quality Commission (CQC) today publishes a further 20 reports from a targeted programme of 150 unannounced inspections of hospitals and care homes that care for people with learning disabilities.
'The programme is looking at whether people experience safe and appropriate care, treatment and support and whether they are protected from abuse. A national report into the findings of the programme will be published in the Spring.
'An area of concern to emerge from an initial analysis of the first 40 reports is that many services are failing to provide patient-...2 years 10 weeks ago
Extracts from NHS National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN) page, 2012-02-08.
'Deprivation and death: Variation in place and cause of death
'National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN)
'This report suggests that people who live in deprived areas are more likely to die in hospital than those living in affluent areas.
'The report reveals that 61% of deaths amongst people living in the most deprived quintile (the poorest 20% of areas) occurred in hospital – compared to 54% amongst the two least deprived quintiles. It concludes that the gap is not solely accounted for by factors such as differences in the causes of death between the social groups.'
Access the full NHS National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN) report by...2 years 10 weeks ago
Extracts from BBC News article, 09.01.12
Evidence of neglect and abuse at a private nursing home in Essex has been uncovered by a BBC investigation.
In August 2011 Partridge Care Centre, in Harlow, was at the centre of a police inquiry after three people were taken to hospital with "diabetes related problems".
Two women in their 80s died, although Essex Police dropped the investigation saying there was no evidence of "any relevant criminal offences".
The home's owner Rushcliffe Care Limited acknowledged there had been problems in the past, but claimed it had taken steps to make sure residents' "health and well-being are paramount".
But documents seen by BBC Essex show there were serious problems at the home before the police investigation.
Partridge Care Centre is a residential nursing home specialising in looking after people with...2 years 10 weeks ago
Extracts from the Summary of Age UK 'Care in Crisis 2012' report:
• There is serious underspend on older people’s social care.
• Councils have cut back on their service provision.
• Many older people miss out altogether, remaining outside of the state care system.
• The financial demands on older people who receive care are increasing.
• Funding for frontline services has not been protected.
• Additional money from the NHS has not filled the gap.
• Taking into account growing demand as well the gap is even greater.
• Just to maintain the status quo a steady increase in funding will be needed.
• Provision should be extended to support people who fund their own care.
• Meeting moderate needs also needs to be factored in to the overall sums for reform.
Access the Age UK's full report, 'Care in Crisis 2012' by ...2 years 10 weeks ago
- Hospital had human rights duty to protect voluntary patient from suicide, rules Supreme Court - UK Human Rights Blog
Extracts taken from UK Human Rights Blog article, 08.02.12.
'The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that a mental health hospital had an “operational” obligation under article 2 of the European Court of Human Rights (the right to life) to protect a voluntary patient from suicide. This is the first time the reach of the article 2 obligation to protect life has been expanded to a voluntary patient; that is, a patient who was not detained under the Mental Health Act.
'My initial thoughts are that this is potentially very important, and follows on from Savage in gradually expanding the reach of Article 2, and therefore the liability of mental health hospitals to patients and (as was crucial in this case) their families. The court observed that Ms. Rabone, who committed suicide after being granted 2-...2 years 10 weeks ago
Elderly patients are being condemned to an early death by hospitals making secret use of "do not resuscitate" orders, an investigation has found.
The orders – which record an advance decision that a patient's life should not be saved if their heart stops – are routinely being applied without the knowledge of the patient or their relatives.
On one ward, one-third of DNR orders were issued without consultation with the patient or their family, according to the NHS's own records. At another hospital, junior doctors freely admitted that the forms were filled out by medical teams without the involvement of patients or relatives.
Under...2 years 10 weeks ago
Extracts taken from Walesonline.co.uk article, 23.01.12
The scale of abuse against elderly people across Wales has been revealed in figures showing more than 1,000 complaints against carers have been upheld in the last three years.
Despite the number of proven allegations of financial, physical and emotional abuse, only a small percentage of the carers involved have lost their jobs.
In several Welsh councils, fewer than 10% of upheld complaints led to the carers involved losing their jobs. Neglect was the most frequent complaint made by vulnerable adult service users across Wales – with 240 incidents reported to Cardiff council alone since 2008-09.There were also allegations of sexual abuse at three Welsh councils, Wrexham, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glamorgan.
At Denbighshire council, one...2 years 13 weeks ago
Extracts from Telegraph article, 10.01.12
Some hospital trusts commit just £2.57 for each patient’s daily food and drink, according to the latest statistics, despite growing concern about poor nutrition on wards.
At least 30 hospital trusts, almost one in 10 of the total, spend less than £5 a day on breakfast, lunch and dinner for each person in their care.
The statistics, placed in the House of Commons Library this week, drew allegations from patients’ groups that nutritional standards are slipping as managers strive to save money.
Compiled by the NHS Information Centre, the figures give details of spending on food and drink in 2010-11 by more than 350 primary care trusts, foundation hospitals and other NHS bodies.
In total, 30 of the NHS bodies listed spent less than £5 a day on...2 years 15 weeks ago