19/12/2012

Changes To Be Made To Care And Support System

Northern Ireland's care and support system is coming under increasing pressure, so changes have to be made now to ensure it is sustainable in the future.

That was the message given by Health Minister Edwin Poots today at a seminar on the future of adult care and support, hosted by the Law Centre NI.

The Minister said: "We are faced with meeting ever increasing demand for services from within ever more stretched resources.

"Northern Ireland has the fastest ageing population within the UK. By 2025 the number of people aged 85 and over will increase by 83%. That is not too far into the future, and we really need to plan now to deal with the impact of such changes.

"We need to ensure we have a sustainable system of funding for adult care and support that is able to provide the support that people need for many years to come."

(CD)

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