Resources

Human Ruights in Healthcare imageWelcome to this resource which will help you find key documents about human rights in healthcare.

We aim to keep you up to date with the latest publications by providing links to the most recently published resources, as well as through the provision of a Publications Library.

In the resources, you will find some reports which show what happens when healthcare services do not ensure that peoples' rights are respected in all that they do. We must learn from these.

Mostly this resources section contains a range of good practice which should help you implement a human rights based approach in healthcare.

The key messages are:

  • Positive obligations - The Human Rights Act means that all health organisations have an obligation to ensure that peoples' rights are respected in all that they do.

  • Quality - A human rights based approach can improve the quality of health services and prevent service failure.

  • Proportionality - Any restriction of a person's human rights should be kept to a minimum i.e. 'do not use a sledgehammer to crack a nut!'

  • Involvement - The involvement of service users is an essential part of a human rights based approach based on Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy.