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The Human Rights Act

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Rosie WilkinsonAdvisor in Nursing Practice with Responsibility for Acute Care and Ethics, Royal College of Nursing, Helen CaulfieldSolicitor and Policy Analyst, Royal College of Nursing

ISBN13: 9781861562067
ISBN: 1861562063
Published: October 2000
Publisher: Whurr Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Price: £49.50

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The Human Rights Act 2000 gives every citizen a clear statement of their rights and responsibilities. For public authorities - such as the NHS - the Act makes it a legal duty to respect and foster the rights of citizens as set out in the European Convention on Human Rights. This work has been written by nursing-related professionals. Intended to be of practical use for nurses in their day-to-day relationships with patients and clients, the guide explores the impact of The Human Rights Act on key areas such as health law and ethics, patient rights and non-discrimination. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse in safeguarding patients' rights and several case studies are included to illustrate issues raised by the Act.

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Context and general importance: European Convention; Human Rights Act legislation. How the HRA will relate to healthcare: resources; right to life; research. Other countries: American Bill of Rights; Canada; Patients' Charter; Code of Professional Conduct. Nursing perspectives, patients' perspectives. Case studies: confidentiality; data protection; consent; abortion; transplantation; children; withdrawal of treatment; euthanasia; treatment choices; research. Appendices: convention rights incorporated into the Human Rights Act 1998; ICN code for nurses.