Author: Age NI
Published on 18 August 2017 01:00 PM
In response to the proposed plans to cut £70 million from health and social care budgets across Northern Ireland, Linda Robinson, Age NI Chief Executive, said, 'This is extremely worrying as cuts to social care budgets will have a detrimental impact on older people who currently rely on social care services to stay well and to remain as independent as possible with dignity and independence.'
Social care has already been affected by efficiency savings and spending cuts over the last number of years. Any further cuts will only result in increased pressures in hospitals.
Although people are living longer, many are spending a significant part of their later life unwell, or living with a disability or long-term health condition, that affects their quality of life.
Social care acts as a lynchpin, providing vital services and support to prevent and address pressures elsewhere in the health system.
Age NI is calling for politicians to ensure that the NI Executive is back up and running so that social care budgets will be protected as an urgent priority.
View the Age NI Responses to each Health & Social Care Trust: