Top experts held on talks on long-term elderly care in Utrecht, The Netherlands last week.
The Apeldoorn: British-Dutch Dialogue Conference, co-organised by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the British Council, is the long-standing high-level bilateral conference between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
In a joint statement shortly before the opening of the conference, Sir Geoffrey Adams (British Ambassador to the Netherlands) and Simon Smits (Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UK, said: “Both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have increasingly ageing populations as a result of the baby boomer generation, as well as an increase in life expectancy.
“Government and industry face similar pressures in seeking the right balance between a rise in demand for care, financial sustainability, and different consumer needs. The Apeldoorn Conference will explore both the similarities and the interesting differences between the English and Dutch approaches.
“We are convinced that it is more important than ever that the Netherlands and the United Kingdom should be working together to address the challenges that both countries face.”
Attendees at the conference included British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Health and Care, David Mowat MP, Mike Parish, chief executive, Care UK (pictured), Dr Anna Dixon, chief executive, Centre for Ageing Better.