20 May 2021

News from BIHR

10 Free Human Rights Sessions – apply now!

Does your organisation support people accessing/trying to access public services, their loved ones or carers? Want to know more about human rights, what they mean for the people you support and how you can use them to challenge policy and practice?

We are offering 10 more free human rights sessions to partner organisations to support you with this! Apply to request a session by tomorrow, Friday 21 May. If more than 10 organisations get in touch, we will decide which organisations to work with based on our external criteria. Find out more here.

BIHR welcomes Joe Powell as a Trustee

We’re thrilled to share that Joe Powell, Chief Executive of All Wales People First, has joined our Board of Trustees. 

Joe is the Chief Executive of All Wales People First, the national voice of People First and self-advocacy groups across Wales. Joe has a wealth of personal experience of how care services can both damage and transform the lives of people with learning disabilities and is a vocal advocate for rights. Find out more about Joe here, or click the picture below.

Meet Joe Powell, BIHR's new Trustee.

10 years on from Winterbourne View

In May, we’re holding two events to mark the anniversary of the Winterbourne View abuse coming to light, working with #Right2Home.

At our Lunch and Learn, we’ll be looking at key rights for people in health and care settings, particularly inpatients at ATUs like Winterbourne View, how advocates can support people to challenge practices and the duty on staff to protect and respect the rights of people accessing their services.

We’ll then take to Twitter for a Question Time to answer questions on human rights and ATUs – if you couldn’t make it the Lunch & Learns, send us your questions and we’ll answer them.

Follow the pic below to find out more and how to join:

News from Elsewhere...

  1. Legal concerns over hospital patients moved to care homes

    “Legal concerns have been raised over the movement of hospital patients into care homes in Scotland at the height of the Covid pandemic.”

    BBC News (Scotland), 20 May 2021


  2. More than 60 care homes investigated for banning family visits during lockdown

    “More than 60 care homes have been investigated by the care regulator for preventing families from visiting their vulnerable elderly relatives.”

    The Guardian, 16 May 2021


  3. Man unlawfully detained for three-and-a-half years due to ‘repeated failures’ by Home Office, High Court rules

    “Care leaver Sam Louis stuck in detention for 42 months in breach of law due to ‘clear and repeated’ failures going ‘very well beyond maladministration’, says judge.”

    The Independent, 16 May 2021


  4. Agoraphobic mum-to-be can be forced to hospital for birth, court rules

    “Medics can use force to take a pregnant woman who has agoraphobia to hospital to give birth, a judge has ruled.”

    BBC News, 14 May 2021


  5. Social care cuts mean thousands with dementia taken to A&E, charity says

    “Tens of thousands of people with dementia are taken to hospital each year for emergency admission because inadequate social care has left them unprotected from infections, falls and dehydration, an investigation has found.”

    The Guardian, 17 May 2021


  6. UK hospitals accused of burying dozens of patient safety reports

    “Hospitals have been accused of burying the results of dozens of secret reports written by expert groups of doctors asked to investigate patient safety problems.”

    The Guardian, 19 May 2021


  7. Welsh nursing home resident ‘died after becoming dehydrated and malnourished’

    “An inquest has heard how an elderly woman died after developing dehydration, malnourishment and pressure sores during a four-month stay at a Welsh nursing home.”

    The Independent, 17 May 2021


  8. Covid: Daughter's anger over details of mum's hospital death

    “A woman whose mother died with Covid says a lack of basic information about her death has left her feeling "numb" and finding it difficult to grieve.”

    BBC News, 19 May 2021


  9. Mental health tests in the presence of counter-terror units ‘unethical’, says charity

    “Mental health assessments are being conducted in the presence of police in little-known hubs that embed nurses and psychologists with counter-terrorism units, raising “serious ethical concerns”, a medical charity has said.”


    The Guardian, 19 May 2021



Thanks for reading!

There has been a lot of sad human rights news this week, and we know it can be overwhelming. Why not take a moment to read our blog, Value of Human Rights in Health and Social Care: from Covid-19 and beyond, to remind yourself and reflect on the value that human rights have in helping us achieve dignified and independent lives.