Why Parliament should not extend the Human Rights Act to private care homes
By PETER GROSE, partner, Lester Aldridge Solictors
Much has been written since June when the House of Lords made their decision in YL v Birmingham City Council & Others that private care home providers are not public authorities and therefore not subject to the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA). The judgment has been misinterpreted by a number of writers as indicating that the frail and vulnerable do not have Human Rights.
Private Eye, echoing some of the leading charities for elderly people, stated in a recent issue “Indeed, prisoners are now better protected by the law than pensioners in priv