Lords to rule on human rights in care homes

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

Law firm Lester Aldridge has represented a leading care provider in the House of Lords. The verdict is expected in the coming weeks and will have a huge effect on private care providers. LA’s care team is acting for Southern Cross Healthcare in a case which involves the question of whether or not private care providers are subject to the Human Rights Act. The case was heard over three days from the 30 April 2007. The matter is viewed as of such public importance that the Department for Constitutional Affairs intervened and have been influential in having the matter referred to the House of Lords for a final decision within the UK. The case was listed very quickly, within two-and-a-half months of the Court of Appeal decision, which is another indication of the importance that the Government attaches to the case. The Court of Appeal decided that human rights legislation does not apply to private providers of care. Private care providers are already heavily regulated. Jeremy Allin, Partner at LA comments: “T

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