Healthcare and welfare rights

Thursday 21 January 2016, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

Date: Thursday 21 January 2016
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ  
Areas of Law: Welfare Benefits Law

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This seminar will address whether the fundamental rights to healthcare and welfare can be legally enforced.

The post-war consensus on the provision of universal health and social care from “cradle-to-grave” arguably created the notion of a personal right to healthcare and welfare in the UK. However, recent legislation appears to have ended this consensus. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 has abolished the duty on the Secretary of State to provide a comprehensive health service, limited welfare provision and seen the growth of privatisation of health and social care services.

This seminar will cover:

  • The sources of legally-enforceable rights to healthcare, examining whether such rights can be used to underpin welfare and socio-economic rights
  • What sources of law can be used to enforce such rights against the state and/or private bodies in a practical and meaningful way
  • Whether the flexibility of the common law in importing human rights and other legal and moral principles will be the ultimate answer to developing these rights
  • Whether there needs to be a new approach to the concept of health rights to provide a foundation for welfare and social rights

Who should attend?

  • Community care, housing, public law, public health and/or welfare law practitioners, academics and researchers
  • Solicitors and paralegals working in private practice
  • Lawyers and legal advisers working in law centres
  • Lawyers working for charities and NGOs
  • Local authority lawyers and policy advisers

What is included?

  • 1.5 hours’ CPD accreditation
  • Talks prepared by a leading practitioner and academic in the field
  • Comprehensive notes for your future reference
  • The opportunity to ask questions
  • Refreshments


Timothy Baldwin is ranked in Chambers UK for social housing and community care, specialising in complex social care and housing cases.

Shu Shin Luh (chair) is an experienced public law practitioner whose practice covers the full range of social welfare law, with particular expertise in transitions to adult care, mental health, and cases raising immigration issues.

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