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Editorial : Recent family tragedies reflect inadequate support services

【明報專訊】FAMILY tragedies have happened in succession in just one week in Hong Kong. They reflect the problem of inadequate support for community care services. The pressure of taking care of elderly people and people with physical or intellectual disabilities cannot be underestimated. Many carers are physically and emotionally exhausted. When the current administration took office, it promised that the waiting time for community care services would be zero. In reality, the waiting time is getting longer and it is not easy for those in need to access the service. Carers therefore feel anxious and helpless. In Hong Kong, support services for carers are neither convenient nor adequate, and the policy can hardly be described as carer-friendly. The government should allocate more resources and improve support services by working with non-government organisations. Only then would carers see a glimpse of hope.

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