Northern Ireland - what is the significance of the Westminster elections for health and social care of older people in Northern Ireland?
Northern Ireland’s health and social care system is subject to a high degree of political and media interest. The last five years have seen a period of unprecedented scrutiny of the system. The Northern Ireland population is highly reliant on the public sector as an employer with 10 per cent of all employees in Northern Ireland working in the health and social care system on a full or part-time basis (Northern Ireland health and social Care workforce census 2013). The responsibility for the provision of health and social care was devolved from Westminster to the Northern Ireland Assembly, which serves a population of 1.8 million, of whom approximately 250,000 are 65 years and over.