The Human Rights Act. A Practical Guide for Nurses

  • ID: 2223013
  • Book
  • 152 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The Human Rights Act came into effect on 2nd October 2000, giving every citizen a clear statement of their rights and responsibilities. For public authorities – such as the NHS – the Act makes it a legal duty to respect and foster the rights of citizens as set out in the European Convention on Human Rights.

This timely book has been written by nursing–related professionals who are nationally recognised for their experience in nursing and its relation to ethics and the law. Intended to be of practical use for nurses in their day to day relationships with patients and clients, this guide explores the impact of The Human Rights Act on key areas such as health law and ethics, patient rights and non–discrimination.

Particular emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse in safeguarding patients rights and several case studies are included to illustrate issues raised by the Act. Written for nurses and other healthcare professionals, this guide provides an informed overview of the Human Rights Act and its ramifications for healthcare services in the twenty–first century.

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Introduction.

Chapter 1: Context and General Importance.

European Convention.

Human Rights Act Legislation 

Chapter 2: How the HRA will Relate to Healthcare.

Resources.

Right to Life.

Research.

Chapter 3: Other Countries.

American Bill of Rights.

Canada.

Patients Charter.

Code of Professional Conduct

Chapter 4.

Nursing Perspectives.

Patients Perspectives.

Chapter 5: Case Studies.

Confidentiality.

Data Protection.

Consent.

Abortion.

Transplantation.

Children.

Withdrawal of Treatment.

Euthanasia.

Treatment Choices.

Research.

Appendices.

Convention Rights Incorporated into the Human Rights Act 1998.

ICN Code for Nurses.

References.

Resources.

Index.

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