Committee looks at lockdown impact of care homes and prisons amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Committee looks at lockdown impact of care homes and prisons amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has written a letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock and Prisons Minister, Lucy Frazer on the impact of the long coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown on those in care homes, hospitals and prisons. The Committee has also drafted new legislation in an effort to end blanket bans of visiting relatives in care homes and ‘require residential care homes to allow visits unless, after individualised assessment, a face-to-face visit is not possible for safety reasons’.

The Committee is, in relation to prisons ‘recommending once again that the government immediately temporarily release from prison all remaining pregnant women and those in Mother and Baby Units who have been appropriately risk assessed’.

The draft legislation can be found here.

Source: Ministers pressed on rights of those in care homes, hospitals and prisons

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