Age NI Urges Department Of Health To Take Note of Citizens’ Assembly Recommendations On Social Care

Age NI urges the Department of Health and decision makers in health and social care, to take account of the 27 recommendations made by Northern Ireland’s first Citizens’ Assembly last weekend.  

Eithne Gilligan, Head of Policy and Engagement, Age NI said:

“We welcome the recommendations of Northern Ireland’s first Citizens’ Assembly.  We applaud the 79 members of the general public who committed their time and efforts to explore the issue of social care for older people in Northern Ireland. We congratulate them on reaching agreement on clear calls to action to achieve a social care system fit for the 21st century.

“The energy and momentum generated last weekend should not be wasted but rather put to good use in the current work to reform health and social care in Northern Ireland.

“It’s very clear from the commitment of the members that there is an appetite for participation in public debate on key issues of social concern. The fact that social care was chosen as the topic for the first Citizens’ Assembly is strong evidence that this is a pressing issue in Northern Ireland right now.

“Age NI is particularly pleased to see recommendations about promoting the voice of older people. Like the members of this Citizens’ Assembly, we want to make sure that a values based, person centred approach is at the heart of social care reform and that the voice and views of older people are central to bringing about the transformation we so urgently require.”