The Office of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights published an ‘Issue Paper on Protecting the right to health through inclusive and resilient health care for all’ . The paper was prepared by Dr Rachel Hammonds, a member of the Law and Development group, and forms the basis for 12 recommendations by Commissioner Mijatović to member states. Her recommendations set out the various components required to deliver inclusive and resilient health care systems and underline the need for a broader social rights perspective taking into account the social determinants of health.
The paper is intended as a tool to help governments address the urgency of protecting the right to health in an environment where health inequalities have been growing and causing significant social, human and economic costs to individuals and societies. The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded this situation, exposing the weaknesses of health care systems strained by years of austerity, economic difficulties and neglect.