Triaging Coronavirus treatment – (3) the Guidance and discrimination – Cloisters

As part of our series considering the human rights and equality implications of Covid-19, Catherine Casserley and Declan O’Dempsey consider BMA Guidance on the use of characteristics of age and disability in medical triage in the light of discrimination law. This article considers the impact of discrimination law on the guidance.

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Cloisters, 9th June 2020

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Matt Hancock faces legal action from daughter of Covid-19 care home victim – The Guardian

‘Matt Hancock is facing legal action from the daughter of a man who died from Covid-19 in a care home in which the health secretary is accused of a “litany of failures” and misleading the public with his claim to have “thrown a protective ring” around care homes.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2020

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‘I lost my father to Covid-19. Now I’m taking legal action against the UK government’ – The Guardian

‘Dr Minesh Talati wants accountability not just for his father’s death, but the other coronavirus victims who didn’t need to die.’

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The Guardian, 3rd June 2020

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CQC under fire from care home body for failing to report true death toll to ministers – The Guardian

Posted May 27th, 2020 in care homes, coronavirus, elderly, news, notification, statistics by sally

‘The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been accused of failing to alert ministers to the mounting death toll caused by the coronavirus crisis, despite having access to daily information about deaths.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2020

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COVID-19, Care Homes and Contact: BP v Surrey County Council & RP – Pump Court Chambers

‘On 2 April 2020 Hayden J handed down a judgment dated 25 March 2020 in the case of BP v Surrey County council & RP [2020] EWCOP 17 concerning the suspension of contact in a care home during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was followed by a further written judgment dated 17 April 2020 which serves to clarify the reported judgment in relation to the law of derogation: BP v Surrey County Council & RP [2020] EWCOP 22.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 14th May 2020

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Dishonesty: Barton & Booth v The Queen – Pump Court Chambers

Posted May 12th, 2020 in care homes, conspiracy, elderly, fraud, gifts, news by sally

‘Barton & Booth-v-The Queen [2020] EWCA Crim 575. The Court of Appeal considers whether the new definition of ‘dishonesty’ given by the Supreme Court in the case of Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) (trading as Cockfords Club) [2017] UKSC 67 applies in criminal cases.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 30th April 2020

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Coronavirus: locking the over 70’s away? – Cloisters

Posted May 5th, 2020 in age discrimination, coronavirus, elderly, equality, human rights, news by sally

‘As part of our series considering the human rights and equality implications of Covid-19, Declan O’Dempsey considers proposals being floated that would single out the over 70s for shielding and social distancing, once lockdown measures for other age groups are eased.’

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Cloisters, 1st May 2020

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Ageism In The Age Of Covid-19 – Each Other

‘Older people are at risk of suffering worse outcomes amid the Covid-19 pandemic. But it is vital we acknowledge more than just their vulnerability.’

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Each Other, 22nd April 2020

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Man, 81, sexually assaulted girl, 3, in Honiton supermarket – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2020 in child abuse, elderly, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘An 81-year-old “predatory paedophile” has been jailed for sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl in a supermarket.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2020

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High Court grants permission for planning judicial review challenge over alleged Equality Act breach – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has granted permission for a planning judicial review challenge in part over an alleged breach of the public sector equality duty, Landmark Chambers has reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st February 2020

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Burglar who sexually assaulted and murdered 89-year-old widow jailed for a minimum of 34 years – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 7th, 2020 in burglary, elderly, murder, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A burglar has been sentenced to a minimum term of 34 years in prison for the “sexual or sadistic” murder of an 89-year-old widow in her own bed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th February 2020

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Couple who lost almost £1m among 3,000 victims of courier fraud as police launch nationwide crackdown – The Independent

Posted February 5th, 2020 in elderly, fraud, news, statistics by tracey

‘Police have launched the first ever nationwide crackdown on courier fraud that has affected more than 3,000 people – including a couple who were conned out of almost £1m.’

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The Independent, 5th February 2020

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Elderly abuse suspect could be allowed to starve himself to death, judge says – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2020 in child abuse, elderly, news, sexual offences, suicide by tracey

‘An elderly man who stopped eating after being accused of historical child sexual abuse could be allowed to starve himself to death, a judge has said.’

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The Guardian, 27th Janaury 2020

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Coroner criticises NHS after death of patient with broken neck who was shunted between hospitals three times – The Independent

Posted December 17th, 2019 in coroners, elderly, hospitals, inquests, news by tracey

‘The death of Jean Waghorn, who died after contracting pneumonia in hospital, sparked criticism from a coroner who said the NHS trust had ignored earlier warnings over moving patients between hospitals. Senior coroner Veronica Deeley had issued two official alerts to Brighton and Sussex Hospitals Trust last year after the deaths of frail elderly patients who were wrongly shuttled between hospitals.’

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The Independent, 16th December 2019

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Sex offender jailed for the rape of 76-year-old woman – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 22nd, 2019 in elderly, news, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘A registered sex offender who raped a 76-year-old woman as she walked her dog has been jailed.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 21st November 2019

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“Severe failures” in care led to the death of vulnerable pensioner Leocardo Loney – Garden Court Chambers

Posted November 20th, 2019 in care homes, elderly, inquests, news by sally

‘The family of a vulnerable London man who was found dead more than two months after he went missing from Willow House, the extra care housing where he lived, have spoken out following an inquest into his death.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 7th November 2019

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‘Best Interests’- how to decide? – Family Law

Posted November 8th, 2019 in children, Court of Protection, elderly, mental health, news, official solicitor by tracey

‘I act as a Deputy for many clients, young and old, with different needs, requests and expectations. I manage their money and need to make best interest decisions daily. When a client lacks capacity to make a particular decision then it’s my job to help support them in making that decision. If they can’t make a particular financial decision then I become the “decision maker”.’

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Family Law, 8th November 2019

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Action needed to tackle domestic abuse of over-60s, says Age UK – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2019 in domestic violence, elderly, news, victims by sally

‘More than 200,000 people aged 60 to 74 suffered domestic abuse in England and Wales in one year, according to new figures from Age UK, which warned that the total could be higher due to unrecorded abuse.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2019

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Pensioner cleared of ‘mercy killing’ murder of terminally-ill husband – The Independent

Posted September 19th, 2019 in assisted suicide, elderly, married persons, murder, news, suicide by tracey

‘A pensioner has been cleared of the “mercy killing” murder of her terminally ill husband, who died after they both took an overdose last year.’

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The Independent, 18th September 2019

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Police failing to solve crimes committed against elderly people, report finds – The Independent

Posted July 17th, 2019 in criminal justice, elderly, news, police, prosecutions, reports, victims by tracey

‘Police are failing to solve crimes committed against elderly people and letting perpetrators walk free, watchdogs have warned. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate found that care for older victims was not good enough in more than half of cases examined.’

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The Independent, 17th July 2019

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