Human rights of care recipients ‘threatened’ due to slow return from family visits.

A report has warned that the human rights of people in care are threatened due to slow progress in allowing visits and inappropriate use of resuscitation cues.

Restrictions introduced during the Covid pandemic still keep loved ones from visiting them residents of some nursing homes in England, said the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

This is despite current government guidance, which says: “Normally there should be no restrictions on visits to or from the country Nursing home“.

It is also concerned that the Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) advices are often not applied correctly, meaning someone may be wrongly denied treatment or have their liberty violated .

The Argus: Slow progress has been made in some locations to allow visitors to return to those in care homes (PA)Progress has been slow in some places to allow visitors to return to care homes (PA).

MPs and colleagues said in the report that it is worrying that DNACPR notices are issued based on an individual’s age or condition without further discussion.

The committee also said restrictive practices, such as the use of chemical or physical restraints, should only be used where strictly necessary and has particular concerns about their use people with dementia or learning difficulties.

There are also concerns that people are being deprived of their liberty where they are under constant surveillance and unable to walk freely without adequate or timely safeguards.

It recommended that the complaints system be streamlined and managed by existing ombudsman offices, and that mental health complaints be removed from the ombudsman’s purview Quality of Care Commission (CQC).

The committee also reiterated its call for the government to create a legal right that would make this possible people in health and care facilities maintaining contact with at least one loved one who provides essential support.

Legislation should require care providers to notify the CQC of any visitation changes, the report recommends, while the CQC should play a greater role in ensuring providers are not “unnecessarily preventing” loved ones from seeing their loved ones.

The Argus: Committee seeks legal right to allow care recipients to stay in touch with at least one loved one (PA)Committee is looking for a legal right that would allow care recipients to stay in touch with at least one loved one (PA)

Committee chair and SNP MP Joanna Cherry said there must be a “careful balance” between protecting human rights and avoiding the risk of harm.

She said: “We are concerned that too often safeguards are not being applied correctly.

“Actions that should be tailored to individual needs, whether it is the right to visit a loved one or whether someone should be resuscitated, are instead applied across wards or across age groups.

“This is wrong and must not happen.”

Helen Wildbore, director of the Relatives & Residents Association, said: “The committee’s report is a damning indictment of the failure to protect people who find themselves in the most vulnerable situations.

“From the lack of regulator activity to the lack of training for nursing staffolder people are at risk of having their fundamental rights violated.” Human rights of care recipients ‘threatened’ due to slow return from family visits.

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