When I first started this action there was confusion as to whether people like my mum, who are NHS funded, have the protection of the Human Rights Act in private care homes. My aim was to clarify if the NHS is considered a Public Authority and if not to change the law. I had 3 cases:
1. The Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman – The PHSO have confirmed that they are undertaking a review of their decision.
2. The Secretary of State – The Government’s lawyers have confirmed directly to my lawyers Irwin Mitchell that mum should have been afforded the protections of the HRA. This is great news and means that anyone in a private care home should be able to rely on the Human Rights Act if they are placed there by a local authority or the NHS.
3. Merrie Loots Farm Residential Home – My lawyers have requested full disclosure of all documentation, care records and medical reports in order that they can fully investigate the merits of my claim and set it out to the care home.
Thanks again for your support, it means so much to me. I will update you as soon as I have more news.
Best regards Debbie