Alzheimer’s Society is ‘scandalised’ over human rights and care homes

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

while ECCA points finger at ‘subtle ageism’

In the ongoing debate about care homes and the Human Rights Act, the Alzheimer’s Society has made it clear that it wants care home residents to have recourse to the Act.

Responding to the widely reported findings of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Neil Hunt said better staff training and a campaign to raise awareness of human rights among care providers should be made an immediate priority.

“This report confirms the shocking truth that the human rights of people with dementia are routinely being ignored in hospitals and care homes,” said Mr Hunt. “This is scandalous and the Government, NHS and care providers needs to urgently address this problem. The Government also needs to act quickly on its commitment to end the unacceptable exemption for private care homes from the Human Rights Act.”

Prior to the Joint Committee’s report, provider groups had been strident in their opposition to care home residents

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