Consultation Responses: Community Care
We commend the department for what this draft Programme for Government is trying to achieve.
We make a number of suggestions for additional indicators and measures.
We look forward to the publication of the action plans, which are essential in order to make these ideas real and meaningful.
We agree with DHSSPS that Independent Guardians should be experts in their work but believe that the proposed social worker criterion would be too restrictive and may unnecessarily restrict the pool of potentially qualified applicants.
The Law Centre is content with the Bill's compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We are concerned that the Bill as it stands may not be fully compliant with article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in its requirements of respect for private and family life.
The Law Centre welcomes the introduction of this important legislation and is supportive of its general principles. We have some concerns about achieving the right balance which needs to be struck in the details between the public interest in the protection of confidentiality and the public interest in the efficient and effective provision of health and social care.
The Law Centre welcomes the introduction of this important legislation and is supportive of its general principles. We have some concerns about achieving the right balance which needs to be struck in the details between the public interest in the protection of confidentiality and the public interest in the efficient and effective provision of health and social care. We believe that these concerns can be addressed through Assembly scrutiny.
The HSCB have consulted on criteria by which the future of statutory care homes is proposed to be assessed against. Law Centre NI believes that the criteria suggested by the HSCB is too blunt, that residents should be fully involved in the decision making process and that appropriate alternative accommodation must be available to all residents of a care home that if it is to be considered for closure.
Urgent action is needed to address the current framework that bars some migrant groups from accessing primary healthcare. We also recommend that DHSSPS extends access to secondary care for some groups.
DHSSP: Transforming your careJanuary 2013
DHSSP: Service framework for older people January 2013
Law Centre NI welcomes the publication of a Service Framework for Older People particularly at this time when health and social care is undergoing significant change arising from the proposals in Transforming Your Care and in light of the outcomes that may emerge from the current DHSSPS consultation on Who Cares?, The Future of Adult Care and Support in NI.
NHSCT: Carers strategy September 2011
DHSSPS: RICC Response to draft health budget 2011-2015 February 2011
The Bamford Action Plan 2009-2011 announced in October 2009, included a commitment to develop a dementia services strategy. This consultation outlines DHSSPS proposals for the establishment of a Northern Irish Dementia Strategy. Law Centre NI welcomes this development as a positive step in recognising the individual needs of people with dementia and their carers, however, our response highlights the importance of maintaining consistency with the new mental capacity legislation.
The consultation sets out the current proposals for establishing a Commissioner for Older People in NI. While LCNI supports the move to establish a Commissioner our response calls for a wider range of powers to be available to the Commissioner than those proposed by OFMDFM to ensure that older people have a strong independent voice to represent their interests and to directly influence policy and service delivery.
Proposals for the safety of older people October 2007
The Human rights of older persons in healthcare February 2007
Complaints in the Health and Personal Social Services February 2007
Patient choice-related discharge delays August 2004