Why do we need health and social care rights?
Rights empower people to assert what they need, when they need it.
You have to know your rights to get them. A set of rights for health and social care:
- tells people what to expect from the services they receive
- empowers people to assert what they need, when they need it
- helps people to take an active part in decisions that affect their lives.
They also help those in charge of providing services to stay focused on the things that really matter to those using services and they provide a framework within which we can measure what is delivered and see the extent to which it is meeting public expectations.
The people we spoke to saw real value in adopting a rights approach, suggesting that it could introduce a greater level of accountability and ensure health and social care systems are more focused on the people they are serving.