High Court judge throws doubt on POVA list

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

A High Court judge has thrown doubt about the legitmacy of the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA) blacklist in making the decision that four nurses’ human rights had been broken when their names were included on the register. Mr Justice Stanley Burnton said care workers should get a fair tribunal hearing before they are banned from working with elderly people under POVA. In reporting the decision in November, _The Daily Mail_ said officials working for health secretary Patricia Hewitt – who is in charge of the POVA list – would appeal against the High Court ruling. Pressure groups and charities working for elderly people say the smooth working of the list was a vital protection for old people, and that urgent clarification was needed over what can and cannot be done with the list. Having operated for the past two years, the POVA list contains the names of those among the two million care workers in the country who are considered to pose a risk to those they are meant to look after. It is meant to pr

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