3 June 2021

News from BIHR

This week, team BIHR have worked with dedication on our background work – preparing new content for a range of exciting new human rights sessions, delivering sessions to public bodies, researching new areas of human rights law ahead of new programmes of work… and our Policy & Programmes Manager Carlyn spent Wednesday morning shortlisting finalists for Scottish Care's Care at Home & Housing Support Awards!

News from Elsewhere...

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  1. UK rights watchdog endorses compulsory Covid jabs for care home staff

    “The prospect of care home workers being required to get vaccinated against Covid-19 has moved a step closer, with a crucial endorsement from the UK’s human rights watchdog.”

    The Guardian, 2 June 2021

  2. Bodycams for ambulance staff after rise in attacks

    “Ambulance workers in England will be given body-worn cameras, after assaults against them went up by almost a third in five years.”

    BBC News, 2 June 2021

  3. Plans to restrict judicial review weaken the rule of law, MPs warn

    “Proposals to restrict judicial review are an affront to the principles of fairness and government accountability and should be dropped, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has said.”

    The Guardian, 2 June 2021

  4. Covid-19: Health staff in plea for better protection

    “More than 20 healthcare organisations, including those representing nurses, doctors, surgeons and therapists, are calling for stricter UK guidelines to be introduced on face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE).”

    BBC News, 3 June 2021

  5. Family accuses East Surrey hospital of letting woman ‘waste away’

    “Coroner ruled that neglect contributed to Linda Doherty’s death from starvation amid blunders in 2017.”

    The Guardian, 30 May 2021

  6. Lothian health chiefs acted unlawfully discharging 'incapacitated' patients from hospital to care homes

    “Edinburgh health chiefs acted unlawfully - ‘counter to people’s human rights’ - in discharging ‘incapacitated’ patients from hospital to care homes at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, a report has found.”

    Edinburgh News, 27 May 2021

  7. GPs warn over plans to share patient data with third parties in England

    “Doctors have warned that plans to pool medical records on to a database and share them with third parties could erode the relationship between them and patients.”

    The Guardian, 30 May 2021

  8. Miscarriages of justice under coronavirus laws ‘going unchallenged’ as court hearings bypassed

    “Hundreds of people may have been wrongly convicted of coronavirus offences under a controversial system that bypasses court hearings, analysis by The Independent suggests.”

    The Independent, 31 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.