UN Resolution A/RES/46/119
46/119. The protection of persons with mental illness and he improvement of mental health care
This resolution has a number of articles but its first one states
1. All persons have the right to the best available mental health care,which shall be part of the health and social care system.
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Insist on a face to face assessmentAsk for a carer’s assessmentProvide as much information as possible including medical evidenceInformal care only relevant if carer “able and willing” to provide carePrivacy in assessment – the service user and the carer
The duty on the local authority to assess is to: Assess an individual who may be in need of community care servicesA duty to decide whether the individual’s needs call for the provision of services
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The NHS Constitution states that you should always be treated with dignity and respect, in accordance with your human rights
In 2003 at the World Health Organisation 7th Conference of European Health Ministers on Health, dignity and human rights, as part of the keynote address it was stated......’similarly we are not just concerned with access to health care, but with how people are treated when they need services‘ He continued ------' for, at the root of the concern for equality and freedom from discrimination in human rights thinking and practice, lies the notion of human dignity: the equal and inherent value of every human being.’
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World Health Organisation tool kit to assess and eventually stop violations to the rights and dignity of people with mental health conditions. The WHO QualityRights Tool Kit aims to ensure that quality of care and human rights standards are put in place in mental health and social care facilities.
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