Lewis wants new Act to extend human rights legislation to private care homes
By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
In late March, care services minister Ivan Lewis said he was considering how to amend the Health and Social Care Bill currently going through Parliament to extend human rights legislation to all residents of private care homes.
Mr Lewis made the announcement at the launch of a £2 million joint project with Comic Relief to investigate prevalence of elder abuse on NHS wards and in care homes. The minister also said he would act to ensure that people funding their own care will, for the first time, have the right to refer complaints to an independent adjudicator. He said details of this would be confirmed later this year.
A House of Lords decision in June last year ruled that human rights legislation did not apply to care homes, which were not public bodies, but the minister appeared to disagree with the ruling, saying there were “clear gaps in terms of protection for people in private providers and self-funders”. The minister said the current interpretation of the law was “not a