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18 December 2012
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director General of Age UK said,
“We believe that the Human Rights Act provides essential protection for older people - particularly those in hospital, in a care home or being looked after at home, ensuring they get proper care. These rights must not be watered down.
The act gives legal backing to the values of dignity, respect and fairness that older people and their families tell us are so important to them but which, as regular investigations by the Care Quality Commission have shown, so often fall through the net.
“Any proposals to 'reframe' the act must be carefully scrutinized to ensure that the current protection it provides to older people is not diluted. It is essential, particularly in this harsh economic climate, that older people know they can rely on the Human Rights framework to protect them.”