6 UK Human Rights Issues And Trends To Watch In 2021 – Each Other

‘It’s clear that coronavirus will inevitably continue to be one of the biggest rights issues of 2021 – but it’s not the only thing that should be on our radar. This selection of things to look out for – some quite specific and some more general – is by no means exhaustive and, as the last year has shown, there’s no way we can accurately predict the future. However, there are pressing issues on the horizon – here are just a few, in no particular order.’

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Each Other, 8th January 2021

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Watchdog finds serious faults in some English care homes’ Covid defences – The Guardian

‘Inspectors have uncovered serious weaknesses in some care homes’ defences against the pandemic, including Covid-positive carers being told to work because of staff shortages, a failure to isolate residents when they return from hospital and poor use of personal protection equipment.’

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The Guardian, 7th January 2021

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Childhood vaccination disputes – where does the law stand in public and private law proceedings? – Family Law

‘As the vaccinations against COVID-19 begin to be administered, it is worth revisiting recent judicial approaches in vaccination disputes concerning children in both public and private law proceedings.’

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Family Law, 6th January 2021

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Vaccination – No ‘biggie’ but still ‘a big deal’ – Transparency Project

‘Here, in the midst of a public health emergency, is an important Court of Appeal decision about immunisation.’

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Transparency Project, 10th June 2020

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COVID-19, Vaccines, BREXIT and Vaccine Damage Claims – Henderson Chambers

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in brexit, coronavirus, damages, medicines, news, personal injuries, vaccination by sally

‘There is currently an enormous international effort in progress to invent, test and obtain regulatory approval for a COVID-19 vaccine (or more accurately, a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the underlying virus). It is right to consider now, how such a vaccine will get regulatory approval, how such approval might be affected by BREXIT, and if no-fault vaccine damage schemes may apply to any such novel vaccine.’

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Henderson Chambers, 18th May 2020

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Children in care and vaccinations: who decides? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In the current circumstances, this case has important resonances and maybe even implications for future vaccinations. It was an appeal by the parents of a ten year old child against a decision that the local authority, had lawful authority to have the child vaccinated (pursuant to Section 33(3) of the Children Act 1989.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th May 2020

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Coronavirus Act 2020: Does it permit mandatory vaccinations? – Garden Court Chambers

‘There are multiple human rights and civil liberties implications both globally and domestically arising from the response to COVID-19 and the current crisis. Some of them are very real and concerning. Others are scaremongering and simply not true.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 1st May 2020

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Vaccination of Children in Care – St Philips Chambers

‘In the coming weeks and months, we are likely to be hearing more and more about a vaccine against coronavirus, and possible pressure and expectations to relax the regulations and timescales around trialling it. Parents are likely to be asked to consider and consent to a vaccine that they may have reservations about. Of course, we currently live in a country where recommended vaccinations are not mandatory, but require parents’ consent. It is not inconceivable that England & Wales will move to effectively requiring mandatory vaccination in order to access other services such as schools and nurseries. Pause for a minute and think of the implications for local authorities and foster placements.’

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St Philips Chambers, 14th April 2020

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Court of Appeal upholds ruling on vaccination of children in care of local authorities – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has refused an appeal by parents over whether a local authority can make arrangements for the vaccination of children in its care, in the face of parental opposition, under its statutory powers or whether it is required to seek declaratory relief from the High Court to authorise their actions.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th April 2020

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Couple who opposed council vaccinating their child lose appeal – The Guardian

‘A couple who tried to prevent the local authority from vaccinating their child, who is in care, have failed to overturn the decision by requiring courts to become routinely involved in such disputes.’

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2020

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Facebook and Instagram could be hit by new laws if they do not do enough to stamp out anti-vaccine messages – Daily Telegraph

‘Social media firms could be hit with new laws to stop them allowing the spread of anti-vaxxers’ myths online, the Health Secretary has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th March 2019

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Parental consent to medical treatment – Family Law

Posted March 13th, 2018 in consent, medical treatment, news, parental rights, reports, vaccination by sally

‘Last month the Government published a report on how it makes decisions about which vaccines to fund. For a long time, charities and campaigners have been lobbying for this report to be published. It also follows calls for greater transparency about why a vaccine to protect children against Meningitis B was not made more widely available and an 820,000 signature petition calling for all children to be vaccinated following the death of 2-year-old Faye Burdett in 2016, who was not offered the vaccine because she was ‘too old’.’

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Family Law, 9th March 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

European Court of Justice ruling could open floodgates for spurious vaccination claims – Daily Telegraph

‘The European Court of Justice has been accused of undermining Britain’s vaccination programme after ruling that patients can sue for illnesses they believe were caused by jabs, even when there is no scientific evidence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd June 2017

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Vegan mother forced by High Court to vaccinate her children – The Independent

Posted April 7th, 2017 in consent, medical treatment, medicines, news, vaccination, veganism by tracey

‘A vegan mother who wanted her sons to live a “toxin free” life will be forced to make them receive routine vaccinations after the High Court overruled her objections.’

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The Independent, 6th April 2017

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More vaccine litigation- UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 13th, 2017 in compensation, news, personal injuries, vaccination by sally

‘As commentators to my previous post on immunisation have pointed out, vaccinations are not cost-free. But the benefit of eliminating pathogens through herd immunity is generally agreed to outweigh the occasional risk to individuals. Acknowledging that there are such risks, the government has run a modern compensation system since 1979 for people who are “severely disabled” as a result of vaccination (now the 2012 Vaccine Damage Payments Scheme). The initial scheme was put in place in response to side effects of the whooping cough vaccine.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th February 2017

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Barnet wins best interests vaccine battle in High Court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 9th, 2017 in children, local government, medical treatment, news, vaccination by sally

‘A High Court judge has backed the decision of the London Borough of Barnet to vaccinate a looked after baby against the wishes of his mother.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th February 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Court rules four children must have vaccines after mother objects – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2016 in children, consent, Islam, medical treatment, news, vaccination by tracey

‘A family court judge has ruled that four children must be immunised after their Muslim mother refused consent because she said vaccines contained pork gelatine.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2016

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Narcolepsy boy wins £120k swine flu vaccine damages – BBC News

‘A boy with a rare sleeping illness caused by a swine flu vaccine has won £120,000 in damages.’

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BBC News, 3rd February 2016

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Boy wins £120,000 damages for narcolepsy caused by swine flu vaccine – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2015 in children, damages, disabled persons, health, news, vaccination by sally

‘A 12-year-old boy has been awarded £120,000 by a court that agreed he had been left severely disabled by narcolepsy triggered by the swine flu vaccine, following a three-year battle in which the government had claimed that his illness was not serious enough to merit payment.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2015

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MMR vaccine: lawyers sued for pursuing claim based on link to autism – The Guardian

‘A man is suing his former legal team for pursuing “hopeless claims” based on flawed research into the MMR vaccine, it has emerged.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk