Friday, July 20, 2012

National strategy will give carers the recognition they deserve

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Thursday) welcomed the publication of the National Carers’ Strategy, saying it finally gives carers the recognition they deserve.

“This is strategy is long overdue, and what we must ensure now is that it is not left to gather dust on a shelf, like so many other before it. Carers carry out invaluable, exhausting and emotionally draining work on a daily basis, and too often they are left to feel like they are being taken for granted by the State. This strategy shows this Government is taking a different view. 

“A major difference with this strategy is its provision for implementation, monitoring and review. To ensure its recommendations do not go unimplemented, annual reports will be produced on departmental websites and a progress report on the implementation of the Strategy will be produced on a periodic basis.

“The strategy sets out the direction for future policies, services and supports provided by Government Departments and agencies for carers. It has been a central aim of this Government to help older people and those with illnesses to live in their own communities and their own homes for as long as possible. Carers play an essential role in this process. 

“Today we have placed carers on the national agenda, by setting out four national goals. They are; to recognise the value and contribution carers make; to support carers to manage their own health and well-being, to provide carers with adequate information, training and supports; and to empower carers to participate as fully as possible in economic and social life.

“I hope we can move forward on positive footing from today and ensure carers receive the recognition, support and empowerment that they have always deserved.”

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