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Human rights fears over nursing plans

PUBLISHED: 11:19 10 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:43 30 June 2010

Plans to shunt frail and sick people into nursing homes were put on hold after concern about bad publicity and warnings that they might breach human rights.

Plans to shunt frail and sick people into nursing homes were put on hold after concern about bad publicity and warnings that they might breach human rights.

The controversial proposals from NHS Norfolk and NHS Yarmouth and Waveney had said people should not receive NHS long-term care at home if it is much more expensive than a nursing home. This could have seen the most ill people forced into homes against their will.

The money-saving plans also banned any care option which costs more than 20pc more than the cheapest, so the more expensive nursing homes would have been ruled out.

The plans have caused widespread anger and concern among the disabled and long-term sick.

Internal documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act, have revealed the extent of concern among health bosses about “negative publicity” over the moves.


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