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Clinical practice and the UK Human Rights Act 1998: protecting individual rights in the interest of the wider community

Thomson, Sarah, Pitman, Damian and Mossialos, Elias (2001) Clinical practice and the UK Human Rights Act 1998: protecting individual rights in the interest of the wider community. Clinical Medicine, 1 (6). pp. 464-469. ISSN 1470-2118

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Abstract

Health professionals have expressed concern that the UK Human Rights Act 1988, which came into force in 2000, may threaten their autonomy in clinical practice/decisionmaking and resource allocation by health authorities. Although healthcare-related cases have so far been slow to emerge under the Act, it seems clear that in clinical practice the transition from duty to legal obligation will involve a degree of change for health professionals, in attitude if not in behaviour. With regard to resource allocation, it appears that the UK courts are likely to consider challenges to health authorities' decisions in a way that takes into account the need to set priorities, so long as these decisions do not discriminate unfairly and can be shown to have been made in the best interest of the wider community.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/pubs/ClinicalMedicine/
Additional Information: © 2001 Royal College of Physicians
Library of Congress subject classification: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2008 09:51
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/21025/

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