How serious are we about this very important statement? My view is that our political leaders are not. Demand for care services is forecast to grow significantly – Budgets are being slashed – Resources are already stretched to breaking point – and we’re facing the integration of health and social services into one delivery model (a disaster waiting to happen).
If you really mean it Mr Minister – Let’s start doing something about it before it’s too late and more vulnerable people are left socially isolated and at risk of harm or death.
Let’s avert the disaster – Let’s stop burying our heads in the sand – Let’s stop relying on volunteers and let’s start putting more professionally managed and properly funded services in place to serve the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our communities. Now that’s a Big Society vision!!