News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

PM Wide Of The Mark On Aged Residential Care

PRESS RELEASE

4 July 2005

PM Wide Of The Mark On Aged Residential Care Funding

In a letter to elderly New Zealanders the Prime Minister claims funding is now ‘increasing rapidly for aged residential care’.

The irony of this statement was not lost on aged care providers who will this week finally receive a 3% inflation adjustment for the 2003-2004 year, and who have had to wait almost a year for partial Holiday’s Act compensation.

“The PM’s assertion also glosses over the reality that the costs of providing top level care are rising rapidly, and ignores the difficulty providers are having recruiting nurses after the government increased funding for DHB nurse wages by 21%. One provider suggested the PM should change rapidly to glacially if she wanted to be accurate”.

The Prime Minister’s statement must also be read in light of the following facts:

- The aged residential share of the Health Budget has dropped from 7% to 5% since 1999, when Labour came to power

- From 2000 to 2004 total health spend is up 6.7% pa per capita, but over same 4 years spending in residential care pa per capita in the over 65s bracket is down by -1%.

- The sector is forced to campaign each year just to get an inflation adjustment, let alone a base line increase.

Over the last two years the sector has seen the exit of providers such as the Salvation Army, Presbyterian Support Northern, and the Methodist Mission, not to mention about forty other rest home closures spread throughout the country.

“If the Prime Minister wants her Labour government to solve the crisis in aged residential care she needs to ensure that the under-funding gap causing the present crisis is addressed and addressed quickly”, says Martin Taylor CEO of HealthCare Providers NZ


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Handcrafted Form: Rare Treasures From Japan

This unique exhibition at Expressions Whirinaki represents 90 everyday objects made by contemporary Japanese artisans who employ various traditional craft techniques made in regional workshops. The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its medium, balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. More>>

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland