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Adult Social Care reform is needed but can only be done in partnership

19 April, 2018 - by Colm Gildernew

Colm Gildernew MLA who is Sinn Féin Carers Spokesperson said that the social care system is in need of transformation after a meeting with Department of Health on the Adult Social Care Report.

"We organised the meeting with the Department of Health to get an update on their response to the Adult Social Care report ‘Power to People’.

“I raised directly with the officials, the need to engage with the sector following the publication of the report. It is important that many of the issues we see and hear from our engagements are addressed. It is important that the long and challenging road on addressing the issues within the social care system are started and worked through with the sector, service users, their families and carers, staff, as well as with the wider public.

“At some stage nearly everyone of us will have some involvement with the social care system, either directly or indirectly. This is why we need to ensure we have a fully informed discussion on the future of health and social care. This requires co-design and co-production going forward to ensure the best partnership working.

“I raised concerns around the impact Brexit will have on social care as well as issues with continuing challenges facing the workforce on a living wage, the back pays for sleepover staff and the need to identify the true cost of care.

“We also took the opportunity to discuss the provision of Learning Disability services within the Western Trust.

“Sinn Féin believes that like our health system, our social care system needs transformation to deliver better outcomes for the service users, their families and their carers.”

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