Age NI and Law Centre urge action on adult social care reform
Published on 12 December 2017 11:00 AM
Age NI and Law Centre have welcomed the decision by the Department of Health to publish the report of the Expert Panel on Adult Care and Support.
The report was launched in advance of a roundtable on 'Putting Human Rights at the centre of transformation,' hosted jointly by Age NI and Law Centre. The roundtable was organised to bring together experts in the sector to consider what needs to happen to reform the social care system.
Duane Farrell, Deputy Director of Age NI said:
'Age NI welcomes the publication of the Expert Advisory Panel report on Adult Care and Support. We all have a personal interest in getting social care right - for everyone relying on care and support today and for us all as we age. We believe social care is vital to enabling older people to live as well and as independently as possible, with dignity and security, having choice and control over how they live their lives.
'Age NI calls on our decision-makers and political leaders to make reform of social care a priority and on the Department of Health to respond as a matter of urgency to the significant challenges outlined in the report by the Expert Advisory Panel by producing a robust action plan which will deliver the changes we so desperately need to see in the provision of social care support.'
Director of Law Centre NI, Ursula O'Hare, added:
'Social care should always be responsive to the broad spectrum of peoples needs. We welcome the publication of the Expert Advisory Panel Report as a driver to put social care at the front and centre of the policy agenda.
'Putting people at the heart of social care reform will support the rights-based approach that is needed for the delivery of adult social care. Throughout a transformation process, it will be critically important that people continue to be able to access expert independent advice so that they are empowered to understand and secure their legal rights.'