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Basic human rights of older people are abused in home care

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 25 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7678
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The needs of older people receiving home care in England are often unmet and there are too many examples of physical and financial abuse, claims a report.

A highly critical report from a year long inquiry into the home care system in England has found evidence of “serious, systemic threats to the basic human rights of older people” who receive home care services.

The final report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s inquiry says the poor treatment of many older people breaches their human rights and too many find it difficult to voice concerns about their care.

Poor standards of care and little support have also led to some …

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