Author: Age NI
Published on 29 August 2014 03:30 PM
Responding to a leaked document from DHSSPS which indicates cuts to funding for domiciliary care packages, Age NI Chief Executive Linda Robinson said, ‘Older people are becoming increasingly concerned about how the NI Executive is ensuring that the commitments made in the Programme for Government (PfG) are being delivered.
‘Older people have campaigned long and hard for legislation to prohibit unfair discrimination based on age. They want protection in the same way that their counterparts in GB and RoI have. Despite a political promise that legislation would be through the Assembly within the 14/15 term, a public consultation on this important legislation has not even taken place yet.
‘Yesterday’s leak of a DHSSPS document, indicating that the financial axe could fall on domiciliary packages for older people flies in the face of the PfG commitment to reform and modernise health and social care. The vision of Transforming Your Care is to deliver the care which older people need in their own homes. News that millions in funding could potentially be removed will mean that fewer people will receive the care at home which they need, a point we raised at a meeting with departmental officials today.
‘Against a backdrop of care packages which are already heavily rationed, Age NI strongly believes that this is a false economy - our most vulnerable members of society will be targeted. The message underpinning this appears to be that older people are not a priority for the NI Executive. In the context of an ageing society, more needs to be done, not less.
‘Age NI is calling on the NI Executive to bring forward public consultation on anti-discrimination legislation immediately, and to protect funding for domiciliary care packages.’