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The Netherlands needs a broad debate over 'dealing with the elderly'

Monday 25 February 2013

The Netherlands needs to hold a broad debate about how best to take care of its elderly population over the next 10 to 15 years, according to the national ombudsman for the elderly Jan Romme.

The cabinet is planning to drastically reorganise care services, restricting residential care to those in serious need of expert help and ensuring friends and family help people stay in their own homes as long as possible.

'Let us stop using one-liners and populist slogans to show we support the elderly,' Romme said, referring to political campaigns by 50Plus and the PVV. 'We have to think in terms of solutions.'

A new opinion poll on Sunday by Maurice de Hond showed the older people and the low-skilled are most gloomy about their future prospects.

© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

Oh, no, no, you were doing quite good, just need some more advertisements of this euthanasia in TV and Radio and it will be fine.

By Jakub | 25 February 2013 9:00 AM

"The cabinet is planning to drastically reorganise care services, restricting residential care to those in serious need of expert help and ensuring friends and family help people stay in their own homes as long as possible."

Isn't that a description of the current system?

By Ger | 25 February 2013 10:15 AM

Than why are we paying 52% income tax here? I thought it was for social welfare? I better see a reduction in my taxes so I can use it for home health care workers if I need it.

By M | 25 February 2013 10:34 AM

Judging from the enormous increase in the popularity of the 50+ party recently, I think the 'elderly' will deal with the Dutch government - not the other way around. And it does not look like they need to debate about it either. Get ready for older people voting and standing up for themselves. Bravo good folks, I have nothing but respect and admiration for you. You have earned it. I never realized what you had been through, until I became older myself. Now it hits me like a freight train.

By Z | 25 February 2013 2:11 PM

Well fortunately NL is not run by a dictatorship, (Excluding EU), so we will not see trainloads of elderly on their way to Poland or Germany.

As ever, it would seem like the better off will stop at nothing to remain 'better off', at the expense of the elderly, poor & handicapped: there has to be a fairer way to solve these problems, right?

By The visitor | 25 February 2013 9:02 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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