Panel upholds human rights argument

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

A panel of lawyers and academics has found that the proposed closure of a North East residential home could constitute a breach of the human rights of its residents. The panel, commissioned by Durham County Council following complaints from a relatives¹ action group acting on behalf of the residents of the Stoneleigh care home in Barnard Castle, had been considering the implication of closure of homes in the county. “We upheld complaints relating to the human rights of residents, including those at Stoneleigh,” said part of the panel¹s report. “We found that the council executive, in coming to its decision, did not consider information about residents¹ rights arising from the Human Rights Act, ie, the right to respect for private and family life, home and correspondence.” Speaking for the families of Stoneleigh, Mark Oley, advocate for the Relatives Action Group for the Elderly, (RAGE), who presented the case to the commission described the report as “a devastating indictment of how councils across the UK,

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