NI govt 'must rise to challenge of paying for care'

Posted on 30 March 2011

People choosing a care home in Northern Ireland have been told that the Assembly government's next greatest challenge will be providing adequate care for elderly and vulnerable people, according to the Independent Health and Care Providers (IHCP) organisation.

The non-profit group believes some £50 million per year could be saved through more care being provided by the independent sector, saying it wants to see up to 75 per cent of residential care provision to come from this.

"Put simply, there isn't the money to go around anymore, and we need to find new ways of providing services for the care of older and vulnerable people whilst retaining and augmenting the quality of service provided," said Hugh Mills, chief executive of IHCP.

The organisation will be meeting politicians in Northern Ireland over the coming weeks to lobby for the changes it wants to see.

It follows reports in the Scotland Courier that services for older people in Fife need to undergo a major overhaul if they are to be sufficient for rising demand in future.

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