21st September 2017
Ko has not improved care for disabled: groups
By Abraham GerberStaff reporter
Independent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has failed to fulfill his electoral promises to introduce community care and new crisis management services for mentally ill and disabled people, groups said yesterday.
Representatives of the Taipei Life of Heart Association, Republic of China Mental Rehabilitation Association and several other groups gave failing grades to Ko, saying that he has not provided substantial improvements in home care and community support for families, and has focused instead on new daycare centres.
“We absolutely have not had a sense that service has increased,” Taipei Life of Heart Association director-general Chin Lin (金林) said, citing a lack of “breathing space” for temporary home care services for families of mentally disabled people and of long-term plans to provide government-sponsored care when parents are unable to shoulder the burden.
“Taking people to a doctor and prescribing medicine is the foundation of effective treatment, but understanding their everyday needs is even more important,” she said, adding that emergency services and follow-up treatment in addition to forced hospitalization were crucial to patients who pose a potential threat to themselves or others.