Age NI Response to the Minister for Health’s Report, Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together
Duane Farrell, Age NI Charity Director commented, ‘We welcome the Minister’s report today and are reassured that the importance of voice and collaboration in the transformation of our health and social care service has been identified as a key part of the approach.
‘Age NI has long argued that social care is the lynchpin to improvements in our health system. It is encouraging that the Minister recognises the importance of adult social care to transforming health services. Likewise, we are pleased that the Minister’s actions include a focus on social care and a commitment to ensuring that people have ‘high quality care and are treated with dignity, respect and compassion’ when they need it.
‘We also acknowledge the focus of the report on prevention and early intervention. Innovative models such as Living Well indicate the positive outcomes which can be achieved for older people by working across new, multi-disciplinary approaches. The significant potential of a prevention and early intervention approach in improving the health and wellbeing of older people must be realised.
‘Thriving and inclusive communities can be a solid basis for addressing health inequalities and enabling social inclusion. Dedicated action and resource to progress the Minister’s recognition of this fact will be welcome. In addition, the active involvement of older people and the age sector is essential to its development and success.’