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Care users need stronger human rights protections, JCHR report finds

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has warned that gaps remain in how vulnerable people are protected in care settings, leaving their human rights at risk of being breached. In its report – Protecting human rights in care settings – it finds that mechanisms such as Do Not Attempt Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation notices and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are often not applied correctly, meaning treatment can be wrongfully withheld or an individual's liberty infringed. It calls on the Government to work with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to ensure there is stringent oversight of how care providers implement safeguards designed to protect the human rights of care users.

The report also raises concerns about the slow progress in securing visitation rights for care users. It warns that continued blanket restrictions are a needless risk to the mental and physical wellbeing of care users. It calls on the Government to establish a legal right for care users to nominate individuals for visiting rights. It also calls on the CQC to play a greater role in ensuring care providers are not needlessly blocking care users from seeing loved ones.

For the report, click here. For a summary, click here.