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SEPARATING ELDERLY COUPLES 'BREACHES HUMAN RIGHTS'

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Separating elderly couples, because they have different care needs, breaches the human rights act, Help the Aged sa...
Separating elderly couples, because they have different care needs, breaches the human rights act, Help the Aged said this morning.

Commenting on the Driscoll case in Gloucestershire, senior policy adviser Annie Stevenson told BBC Radio Four's Today programme: 'article 8 of the human rights act, the right to respect for one's privacy and family life is blatantly being breached here.'

It is easy for social workers to adopt a mindset 'fixed on protecting public money', she said. 'You look at the needs, typically the physical needs and you forget about the emotional side.'

Social services were hampered by a rigid system, she said. 'It is difficult to find creative solutions to this and the situation is not uncommon.'

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