- The Human Rights Act 1998
- Is an important document which has major implications for people working in health and social care.
- The Act makes it unlawful for a public authority to act in a way that is incompatible with any rights agreed under the terms of the European Concention.
- The aim of the Act is to achieve a fair balance between the public interest and the individual's rights.
- The Human Rights Act overlaps other legislation such as the Race Relations Act 1995 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
- Does not allow people to bring a case against an organisation that is not a public authority
- The Act has changed how the courts interpret and develop the existing law.
- The Act has also had an impact on informed consent issues.