29/05/2014

Pensioners' Health Concerns Increase 17%

Concerns among pensioners in Northern Ireland regarding access to health and social care have increased by 17% over the past two years, according to the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament.

The Parliament begins two days of discussion and debate in Belfast today as part of its annual meeting.

Following a warning from Health Minister Edwin Poots this month indicating that patient safety could be at risk if his Department does not receive extra funds, Age Sector Platform, the charity that organises the Parliament, said voting during the event will pinpoint what areas of healthcare cause the most concern.

Michael Monaghan, Chair of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, said: "Earlier this year we travelled the province hearing the views of older people in every county of Northern Ireland and we know that health and social care is a cause for concern for many of them. Some of the issues raised were age discrimination in the treatment of older patients, inadequate domiciliary care, crisis in our A&E departments and unfair employment conditions for carers.

"We are concerned about the resources and strategies in place to deliver Transforming Your Care. Minister Poots has claimed that patient safety could be at risk if his Department’s funds are not increased; this is extremely alarming, considering the fact that older people are the biggest users of the health service."

(IT)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

14 September 2012
Cancer Patients Missing Out On NI Treatment Targets
Cancer patients across Northern Ireland are starting treatment late as health trusts fail on basic performance standards, it has emerged. Last April, the health minister said 95% of people who were urgently referred with suspected cancer should begin treatment within 62 days.
11 March 2003
Primary care must be strengthened says Browne
The role of primary care has to be strengthened and expanded, NIO Health Minister Des Browne has told delegates at the ‘Primary Care-Moving Forward’ conference in Armagh today.
11 April 2013
£40m Health Care Centres Announced For NI
Two new £40m health care centres for Northern Ireland have been given the go-ahead. The new Lisburn and Newry facilities will accommodate GPs as well as a number of community services provided by the Trusts.
28 May 2015
Pensioners Reveal 'Serious Concerns' Over NI Health & Social Care Provision
Pensioners have revealed serious concerns over the health and social care provision in Northern Ireland, according to a new report. The report, launched by the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, represents the views of 700 older people from across Northern Ireland.
04 February 2009
NI Health Care Provision 'Shrinks'
The long-awaited reorganisation of health and social care provision has today moved a step ahead with details published of the new organisations. Northern Ireland Health Minister Michael McGimpsey has confirmed the names by which the slimmed-down list of bodies will be known.