Care England has urged cross party human rights MPs to recognise and enable the importance of visitors and personal values such as religion, politics, sporting ties, and personal history.
“All these give a foundation of good care that is firmly based in Article 8,” said Professor Martin Green in response to a call for evidence in an inquiry by the Joint Committee on Human Rights.
The submission goes on to describe that Public Health England COVID visiting guidance “remained so at odds with the Mental Capacity Act’s empowering ethos, and the drive of human rights law towards equality of treatment of all citizens.”
The Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry will investigate whether the human rights of residents and their families are respected in care homes in England and will ask what can be done to enhance legal protections. It will examine how well care providers ensure the human rights of the people under their care and how regulators ensure high standards in the sector.
Care staff can give their views to the inquiry through a survey.
Launching the inquiry, Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP said: “The right to family life is vital for people in residential care.”