Human rights in healthcare: A framework for local action
Author(s)/Editor(s): Equality and Human Rights Group
Publisher/Organizer: Department of Health, UK
Publication date: 7 October 2008
Number of pages: 78
“The Human Rights in Healthcare project, [has shown] that taking a human rights based approach can provide a way for everyone in an organisation to make real improvements in people’s lives. The project has been a collaboration between five NHS organisations, the British Institute of Human Rights and the Department of Health. The learning from this project has been incorporated into this new edition of Human Rights in Healthcare: A framework for local action, which aims to show how a human rights based approach can be of practical value to organisations and individuals providing better services for patients and service user.” Alan Johnson Secretary of State for Health
“Every single person in the UK comes into contact with the NHS at some point in their lives, usually when they are at their most vulnerable. Therefore it is essential that human rights are taken into account when delivering services to ensure quality care.
Putting human rights at the heart of the way healthcare services are designed and delivered can make for better services for everyone, with patient and staff experiences reflecting the core values of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy.”