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‘Additional domiciliary care capacity needed’ - Gildernew

18 January, 2018 - by Colm Gildernew

Additional capacity must be provided within the domiciliary care system, given the vital role that it plays in the health service, Sinn Féin spokesperson for carers, Colm Gildernew has said.

The Fermanagh-South Tyrone MLA also praised the contribution made by carers in relieving pressure on the wider health system.

He said: "Informal carers are playing a vital role in caring for family members at home and avoiding further pressures on emergency departments, and are to be commended.

"More capacity needs to be provided in domiciliary care to support those in need and their families.

"Fundamental to this is improving the conditions for the domiciliary care workers and attracting more into the workforce.

"This would create better capacity to deliver services in the community and reduce pressure on beds due to delayed discharge."

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