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Carers UK Forum • Scottish Consultation - Shape of care services in the future
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Scottish Consultation - Shape of care services in the future

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:17 pm
by Sylvia10
I've just posted on this consultation and though some of you may be interested.

The Scottish Government are keen to hear views from people of all ages on what care services for older people should look like in the future. Current consultation running until September 2010.

Caring for a 93year old family member has certainly shaped my views. Thought some of you may be interested.

You should find it at the link below:-

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Health/care/reshaping

Dear Sylvia I have just emailed

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:50 pm
by Eun
Dear Sylvia

I have just emailed them saying that it is great that they are looking into the needs of older people but when are they going to look into the needs of my sons age group (18-30 with palliative care needs) and I await with interest their reply.

The provision for this age group is appalling. It is not appropriate that my 25 year old sons only respite is a Children's Hospice nor is an Adult Hospice where the average age is 76 years an appropriate setting either. Why are there no age appropriate units for example either attached to the adult hospice or attached to the Childrens Hospice.

I don't hold out much hope of a positive outcome mind you if the attitude of one doctor at the Living and Dying Well Conference in Stirling a few years ago is anything to go by - he said that we should not waste money on those who were going to die anyway and spend the money on the living instead. With attitudes like that how are our young people ever going to get their needs met?

Anyway considering that the Childrens Hospice depends on charity and not the "generosity" of the medical profession he should have kept his gob shut - the offensive little jumped up so and so.

Eun

Eun

Eun, it seems to be

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:52 pm
by charles47
Eun, it seems to be a standard government approach (whichever government, English, Scotish or other) to concentrate on care of the elderly with the assumption that everyone else is sorted already or a layabout, frankly. There's just no idea - no matter what we tell them. I think it's because the people most likely to vote are older people - so they are automatically likely to be your biggest supporters. The rest don't count because they don't outweigh the grey vote.

Eun, it seems to be

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:26 pm
by Scally
Eun, it seems to be a standard government approach (whichever government, English, Scotish or other) to concentrate on care of the elderly with the assumption that everyone else is sorted already or a layabout, frankly. There's just no idea - no matter what we tell them. I think it's because the people most likely to vote are older people - so they are automatically likely to be your biggest supporters. The rest don't count because they don't outweigh the grey vote.
Its a consultation about old people. Comments about young people's needs are just going to get binned: every committee has a "terms of reference" agreed by a Minister, and any Chair worth his or her salt will simply chuck anything not in that remit into the nearest available receptacle. You wouldn't go into a Latin exam saying that Latin is a dead language and we should all learn Modern Italian, would you? What a waste of breath... I mean intelligent campaigning is about being smart, being challenging, and developing partnerships with people in power from a position of strength, not spamming !!

It must be the weekend again...

I understand the point, Excalibur. My

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:03 pm
by charles47
I understand the point, Excalibur.

My point was that the politicians focus strongly on the elderly for a specific reason.