Elderly abuse proposals before Parliament
THE COUNTRY is lacking comprehensive legislation to police and protect its elderly population.
But until a draft paper is turned into legislation, assistant director of the National Assistance Board (NAB) Andrew Browne said the NAB was working with the Ministry of Health to stamp out all forms of elder abuse.
Browne told the MIDWEEK NATION that while there were laws against beating or assaulting people, unlike the Child Care Board, which could refer to legislation protecting children, the National Assistance Board could not look to a body of laws referring to and protecting the elderly.
“At the National Assistance Board, under the Ministry of Social Care and Constituency Empowerment, we are trying to get legislation in place because at the moment a lot of the laws are subsumed under ordinary laws. (HLE)
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