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Seniors rights advocate chides gov't

Published:Wednesday | January 21, 2015 | 1:30 AM

Senior citizens rights advocate, Kenneth Hemley, is chiding the Government for what he says is the disregard being shown to elderly Jamaicans.



Hemley says it is disgraceful that an elderly disabled woman had to be assisted up three flights of stairs to attend court because of non-functioning elevators at the Supreme Court building.



He says the case of 68-year-old Joyce Burke-Scott is indicative of the difficulties members of the elderly and disabled communities continue to face in the society.



The rights advocate says seniors and persons living with disabilities have a right to access public services.



He says the Government has a responsibility to ensure that systems are put in place to protect this right.



Hemley says the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, which has responsibility for matters regarding the elderly and the disabled, must take a more active role in addressing issues affecting these communities.



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