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Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights report – response by the Disability Rights Commission

Statement by Sir Bert Massie.

'The most important point from the Committee is that many older and disabled people living in private or voluntary sector care homes are not protected by the Human Rights Act (HRA) and this legal loophole must be plugged.

'No part of the care sector should be beyond laws that protect human dignity and guarantee freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment. The abuse and neglect of older and disabled people in care can only be tackled if perpetrators are handed out the highest sanctions, whether it is in the NHS, local authority or privately run care homes.

'For too long a succession of bleak reports and stories have highlighted abuses within the system. The Government and the incoming Commission for Equality and Human Rights should be making this a number one priority for action.'

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