Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Health whether there are plans to reduce Health Service homecare provision; and to outline the plans for core provision and re-enablement in 2017.
Minister of Health: There are no plans to reduce homecare provision in the Mid Ulster area. Under the Northern Trust’s reform and modernisation programme it is reducing the number of teams that provide long term care and increasing the number of teams working in the re-ablement service. Staff within the Trust’s re-ablement service will be encouraging service users to reach their maximum level of independence over a short period of time. However, if at the end of this period the service user requires a reduced long term service, then provision will be transferred to the Trust’s long term care teams. This programme of reform is ongoing and will continue into 2017.