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Island's ageing population crisis

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The number of people aged 75 and over is estimated to rise by 60%

The number of people aged 75 and over is estimated to grow in the Isle of Man by 60% from 6,700 in 2006 to 11,000 in 2026, according to government figures.

The statistics were revealed to Tynwald in a presentation about the challenges facing health and social care.

Members were told Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS) services and budgets were under increased pressure.

One solution to be considered is better targeting of services and benefits according to need.

'Increased contributions'

Another option which will be investigated is to increase contributions from service users who can afford to pay.

Members also heard that the UK economic downturn would affect indirect tax receipts and the revenues available to all government departments on the island.

Eddie Teare MHK, Minister for Health and Social Security said: "The DHSS is a priority area for the island's people and government, but there are difficult decisions that we cannot run away from.

"What we need now is a national debate on the future of health and social care in the Isle of Man."

A condensed version of the DHSS presentation to Tynwald members will be presented to the public at the upcoming DHSS public meetings which will take place over the next two weeks.


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