While International Women’s Day is being celebrated, it is interesting to see the progress being made within our own communities during times of financial cutbacks.
For example, Moray Council is withdrawing funding for the women’s refuge and has also axed a befriending service to housebound pensioners – most of whom are female.
As over-worked and over-stressed GPs are no longer able to cope adequately with house visits to elderly patients, it is obvious that, for the want of a few thousand pounds, levels of misery, illness and neglect are bound to increase.
So, of course, will the cost of clearing up the consequences in the long term.
It is fashionable to pay lip service to equality and care in the community – but who does really care?
Actions certainly speak louder than words in our supposedly progressive and caring society.