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Time to ask who cares hears Law Centre AGM

Les Allamby and Edwin Poots discuss the future of long term care at the Law Centre's AGM

A major shake up to the health and social care system is expected soon.

The Law Centre’s AGM on 19 December heard from Health Minister Edwin Poots about how the system will care for the frail, elderly and vulnerable.

The adult social care system in Northern Ireland provides support to elderly people living in their own home or in residential care as well as care to people with a learning or other disability.

Introducing the event, the Law Centre’s director Les Allamby said ‘How we meet the care needs of older adults and others in need of care is an issue that affects us all either because we have a relative who needs care or because we ourselves will require care at some point in the future. There are considerable challenges ahead to ensure that resources match need and that services are accessible and deliver high quality care to those that need it’

Delegates also heard from Richard Humphries of the London-based leading health policy think-tank, The King’s Fund, about the extent of the challenges, and from Claire Keatinge, Commissioner for Older People, Northern Ireland and Ann O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Age NI.

The DHSSPS consultation paper on adult social care, Who Cares? The Future of Adult Care and Support in Northern Ireland, is available at www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/who-cares-future-adult-care-support-ni-discussion.pdf

Responses should be sent by 15 March to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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