launches human rights test case over smoking ban
patient has launched a High Court human rights test case over a
ban on smoking at Rampton high security hospital.
Terrence Grimwood was one of a number of detained patients to complain
about the ban at Rampton Hospital, Retford, Nottinghamshire, which
came into force in March.
He accuses Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, which manages the
hospital, of violating his right to respect for his private and
home life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The trust's anti-smoking policy covers both hospital buildings and
grounds at Rampton.
The average length of stay at Rampton is eight years, with some
spending the rest of their lives at the hospital.
The ban coincides with the introduction of a general prohibition
on smoking on public premises which takes effect on July 1 under
the 2006 Health Act.
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