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Dignity in Care relates to human rights

14th November 2006

A charity is backing the findings of the parliamentary joint select committee on human rights, which has called on the government to do more to combat misinformation and confusion regarding the Human Rights Act.

Help the Aged has said that the committee is right to have raised the issue and has said that there should be greater promotion of the contents of the Act, rather than using it as a scapegoat for ministerial failures.

The charity has added that older people are often the most forgotten in terms of ensuring access to their basic rights.

"The joint committee on human rights is absolutely right to insist that the government act to end this spate of 'human rights bashing'," said Kate Jopling, a senior policy manager at Help the Aged.

"The Human Rights Act enshrines the most basic rights that we all have as people – but these are rights which are often denied to our most vulnerable older people."

She continued: "Far from scapegoating the Human Rights Act for their failures, the government should be acting to promote a human rights culture in our public services – to put fairness, respect and dignity at the heart of the services we provide for older people."

The minister for care services, Ivan Lewis, is launching the government's first Dignity in Care campaign today, which aims to stimulate national debate around issues of dignity in care.