With reference to research carried out by Jenny Watson of the British Insitute of Human Rights (pub. 2002) hale argued that "a great deal of what goes on in hospitals and care homes betrays a lack of proper respect for patients' and residents' privacy and autonomy."
I am very much inclined to agree with Hale here. In particular I concur fully with her opinion that "promoting a positive attitude to rights could be a much more effective way of attaining proper standards than the big stick of criminal or civil liability, or even the care standards act..."
Speaking specifically about Mental Health care, Hale suggests that "if everyone in the mental health and community care services were imbuded with an committed to those [human rights] values, I am sure it would do much more...than any number of cases in the courts."