Important to plan for needs of ageing population - McLaughlin
Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has said it is important to plan for the health and social care needs of our ageing population.
Speaking at an Age NI conference in Belfast, the chair of the Assembly's health committee said;
"It is clear we have an ageing population as a result of people being healthier and living longer.
"In 2013 we had 279,000 people over 65 in the North and within 20 years that is likely to rise to 456,000.
"The health service needs to be planning strategically to cater for the needs of a growing ageing population.
"We should look at examples of other countries which have moved towards a human rights-based approach to delivering health and social care to older people.
"In all of our planning for delivering health care to older people we must ensure that we adopt a dignity and people-centred approach."