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November 28, 2008

Elder Protection: Community Input on Legislation to Protect Seniors (Macau)

Social organisations give opinions on legislation to protect elderly people
26 November 2008

Officials from the Social Welfare Bureau (IAS) visited seven community service organisations this month to obtain their opinion on legislation to protect senior citizens.

The organisations included Obra das Maes, the Macau Women's General Union, Caritas Macau, the Macau General Union of Neighbourhood Associations, Santa Casa da Misericorida of Macau, Tung Sin Tong Charitable Society, and also the Macau General Union of Workers Associations.

The officials introduced to the two associations the government's initial viewpoints about the legislation to protect elderly people in Macau, including improvement of the current regulations and at the same time setting out what kind of responsibility and measures families, society, non-government organisations and public departments should pursue when securing and facilitating rights for senior citizens.

President of Obra das Maes, Lam I Tou, agreed that the legislation should be outlined in the form of a "framework law".
Her members were also concerned about whether the law would include punishment for people who abandoned or abused elderly people, improve hospice care, and accelerate waiting times for clinic services.

The first stage of the public construction about the legislation will end at the end of this month. The consultation paper can be viewed on the IAS homepage at http://www.ias.gov.mo/.

Abridged
SOURCE: Macau Daily Times News
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