The human rights debate and the European Court of Human Rights

Lexology: The Human Rights Act 1998 has been in the news recently, with certain politicians and other commentators lamenting the fact that British courts are bound by European Court rulings. David Cameron appears to be leading the crusade. He plans to use the UK’s forthcoming chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to spearhead a radical shake-up of the European Court of Human Rights. But, leaving aside those relatively rare cases where the European Court disagrees with what have been the accepted norms in the UK, such as for example whether prisoners should have the right to vote, what effect has the Human Rights Act had on decisions within the medical sphere?