"Ageing and Health : a challenge to public health and social cohesion - a strong need for common action"
23 June 2016 - Council of Europe, Strasbourg (France)
Of course, we provide health care for older people out of sympathy, out of compassion but I believe not in terms of sympathy and compassion but in the rights of people and in this case of older people !
And the Council of Europe is the right body to deal with it !We are the human rights body and therefore thet is our prominent purpose. And we should be looking at the older people situation in those terms.
How more can be done at the Council of Europe ?
The challenge is great. A lot has already been done at the Council of Europe but the important is to know what can be done. According to WHO, 4 millions of elderly people are abused each year. It is not acceptable ! We also read that older people are being exploited by commercial organisations, particularly insurance companies. We know of the growing constraints on health care budget We know of the lack of clinical guidelines whereas older people contributed to build up the wealth of our society
The report we are drafting aims to produce a recommendation of what we are describing as a garantee of rights for oder people in care
There is a principal respponsibility of statutoriy bodies
Both health care and social care bodies must provide the basic needs and probably work more closely together as in Scotland.
A call to NGOS to
- make sure that Council of Europe recommendations are implemented
- raise good practices to be recommended to other countries
- give information about negligence or other abuse on older people
- put the pressure on governments of the Member States to address the challenge