The Human Rights Act (HRA) is one of the main laws protecting human rights in the UK. It contains a list of 16 rights (called Articles) which belong to all people in the UK. As you see from the list of rights below, there is no free-standing right to healthcare, but this does not mean the HRA is not relevant to healthcare – far from it! Many of the rights in the HRA are particularly relevant in healthcare settings – see our best practice examples page to see how. The legal duties in the HRA apply to healthcare services, and in this way the HRA provides the legal anchor for a human rights approach to healthcare.

Find out more about how the HRA works and how it applies in healthcare settings in our resources, such as The Difference It Makes: Putting Human Rights at the Heart of Health and Care.