Human Rights And The Health Care Provider Essay

1498 Words May 8th, 2016 6 Pages

Human Rights are ‘universally applicable social or material entitlements, essential to fulfill fundamental needs, which individuals can claim from society on the basis of their humanity’. (London, Ravgaven-Baldwin; 2006 22). In the health care sector, health and human rights are ‘inextricably linked’ (WHO dj ajsd ww…), where one cannot be implemented without the other. In this essay I will clarify the importance of the knowledge of human rights by the health care provider and then examine the scenario and offer my thoughts and feelings in response to the scenario and link my learning from this task to the three dimensions, empathy, knowledge and reflection, of the IHP and how it will aid me in becoming an integrated health professional.

Human Rights

Human Rights ‘is a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa. It enshrines the rights of all people in our [South Africa’s] country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.’ (Republic of South Africa, 1996: 7). The Bill of Human Rights was implemented in order to prevent the gross violation of basic human rights, that were seen during apartheid, from happening again. As the human rights look to protect people, it can be seen as synonymous with the role of a health care provider. London and Raveagven-Baldwin see that health care providers ‘carry obligations to ensure that they are not responsible for violations of human rights’ (2006, 21).The patients right’s charter can thus be…

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