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EthicsContemporary challenges in health and social care$
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Audrey Leathard and Susan McLaren

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347558

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347558.001.0001

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Ethical and legal perspectives on human rights

Ethical and legal perspectives on human rights

(p.126) (p.127) Nine Ethical and legal perspectives on human rights

Louise Terry

Policy Press

This chapter examines the ethical and legal repercussions of human rights legislation. The current and future potential impact on health and social care on the enshrining of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms into British law is explored by situating the analysis within the international perspective on human rights and the work of the World Health Organisation. An ethical critique of individual rights, such as the right to the highest attainable standard of health, rights to life, liberty, and privacy, and the right not to be subjected to degrading or inhuman treatment, among others, will be carried out by reference to existing British, European, and international case law. The impact of the Freedom of Information Act is also discussed.

Keywords:   human rights law, health care, social care, Fundamental Freedoms, British law, individual rights, Freedom of Information

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