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Minister questioned on human rights implications of long lockdown

20 April 2021

The Joint Committee on Human Rights seeks to understand the differing interpretation of lockdown rules, how compliance is monitored and what recourse is available to families and residents.  


Wednesday 21 April 2021, virtual meeting

At 3.00pm

  • Peter Wyman CBE DL, Chair, Care Quality Commission
  • Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission

At 3.30pm

  • Helen Whately MP, Minister of State (Minister for Care), Department of Health and Social Care
  • Dr Éamonn O'Moore, SRO Adult Social Care C-19 Response, Public Health England

Has the Government guidance and its implementation by care home providers respected residents' right to respect for private and family life (Article 8 ECHR) whilst also protecting lives?

In last week’s evidence session with campaigners and representatives from the sector the Joint Committee on Human Rights heard about the impact of the pandemic on residents, relatives and care home providers.

Likely areas of discussion include:

  • The Government’s obligation to secure the right to life (Article 2 ECHR) during the pandemic, including lessons learned for the future;
  • The various obligations on those running care homes and the balancing of risk (for example, to protect the residents and risks of liability in tort and insurance);
  • An assessment of the wider human rights concerns for care home residents after the pandemic.

Please note that Parliament has stopped all non-essential visitor access to both Houses due to the circumstances around coronavirus. The session will be available to watch online, and a transcript will be published on the Committee’s website a few days afterwards. 

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