Watts v The United Kingdom: ECHR 4 May 2010

(Admissibility) The claimant said that her transfer from her existing care home to another care home would reduce her life expectancy.
Held: A badly managed transfer of elderly residents of a care home might have a negative impact on their life expectancy as a result of the general frailty and resistance to change of older people. It followed that article 2 was ‘applicable’. The operational duty was, therefore, capable of being owed in such circumstances. However this claim failed on the facts.


Giovanni Bonello, President


53586/09, [2010] ECHR 793, (2010) 51 EHRR SE5, (2010) 51 EHRR 66




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Updated: 28 April 2022; Ref: scu.416299