3 December 2020

News from BIHR

Do Not Attempt Resuscitation Workshops

On Wednesday, we delivered a workshop on Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) Orders during Covid-19 in partnership with Learning Disability England. This workshop was for people, families, friends, carers, advocates and community groups. We delivered information on human rights and care planning, and we also collected really important evidence from people about their experiences of DNAR decisions during Covid-19. Thank you to everyone who came and shared with us. This evidence will inform a human rights report we are writing on this issue.

We are delivering a second workshop in January for staff working in health and care settings to share their experiences too. This includes staff working across hospital, community and residential services and home, and those in local authorities such as social workers. Your evidence will inform the human rights report too. Come and share your experience and find out more about applying human rights to your work!



We’ve got a great range of blogs for you to have a look at! Following our DNAR workshop yesterday and the CQC's interim report on DNAR decisions during Covid-19 published today, our Director Sanchita has written a follow up of her blog on DNAR decisions & human rights. Read it here.

You could also try our blog by Human Rights Officer Eilidh on using human rights to address violence against women, or our Research & Comms Assistant Jo's blog on three important legal cases and challenges for human rights during Covid-19.


Elimination of Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism

Last week’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women kick-started the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which ends with Human Rights Day on 10 December 2020.

This year, BIHR is taking part by sharing different resources each day! These resources include blogs and information from BIHR and others on human rights for women who have experienced violence. We'll also be sharing sneak previews of a brand-new tool we are helping to develop to support women to know and use their rights when rebuilding their lives after domestic violence.

Find out more here!

Human Rights Day 2020

Don’t forget to book onto our event on 10 December 2020! We are celebrating Human Rights Day by hosting a free, open online event for people to come and learn about human rights and how they can be used to make change.

Click the button below to find out more and book your place:

News from Elsewhere...

  1. CQC finds that combination of increasing pressures and rapidly developing guidance may have contributed to inappropriate advance care decisions

"The Care Quality Commission (CQC) today publishes an interim report from its review into the application of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Early findings are that at the beginning of the pandemic, a combination of unprecedented pressure on care providers and other issues may have led to decisions concerning DNACPR being incorrectly conflated with other clinical assessments around critical care."

CQC Press Release, 3 December 2020


  1. Covid: Adults with learning disabilities 'miss out'

"People with learning disabilities have been "at the back of the queue" during the coronavirus pandemic, a panel of MPs has been told.

Those living in supported accommodation were left waiting weeks for guidance on testing and visits."

BBC News, 1 December 2020


  1. Covid: Families with negative test can visit care homes in England

"People living in care homes in England will be able to have visits from family and friends by Christmas if the visitors test negative for Covid-19, the government has said."

BBC News, 2 December 2020


  1. Inspectors moving between Covid-hit England care homes without test

"Health inspectors in England have been moving between care homes with high levels of Covid-19 infection without being tested, raising fears they have put more residents at risk of catching the virus, leaks to the Guardian have revealed."

The Guardian, 27 November 2020


  1. Jamaican nationals taken off charter flight in eleventh hour over trafficking concerns

"A number of Jamaican nationals who were due to be deported have been granted last minute reprieve after the Home Office acknowledged they may be victims of modern slavery."

The Independent, 2 December 2020


  1. Designated settings for COVID-19 patients leaving hospital

"CQC is working with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), local authorities and individual care providers to provide assurance of safe and high-quality care in designated settings, which are part of a scheme to allow people with a COVID-positive test result to be discharged safely from hospitals."

CQC News, 1 December 2020


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.