NCA: pleased that ‘common sense has prevailed’ in decision on human rights

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

A decision by the Court of Appeal not to impose the obligations placed on local authorities in human rights legislation on to care homes has been welcomed by the National Care Association NCA which was asked to give evidence at two hearings in January. NCA chief executive Sheila Scott said she was “delighted common sense has prevailed” and that care home residents rights were fully protected already under existing legislation. “NCA was only invited to intervene on 13 December 2006,” said Mrs Scott. “We are so grateful for the way our legal representatives Peter Grose from Lester Aldridge and Cherie Booth QC and Professor Aileen McColgan from Matrix Chambers responded so speedily and ably in informing the Court of Appeal of the way care homes are regulated currently and the possible impact of imposing obligations on care homes which should only be placed on central and local government. “Human rights legislation is intended to protect people from abuse by the state, either at a local or national l

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