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


Health Care Providers want money and the bag

CTU Media Release
Sunday 9 December 2007

Health Care Providers want money and the bag

“Aged Care workers around the country today will be calling on DHBs and government to fix up processes in the contracting of aged care services so that progress on low wages in the sector can continue to be made,” Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said today.

The High Court yesterday released its decision following a challenge some aged care providers made to being required by DHBs to use new money from government to increase workers’ wages.  

 “While the Court found some of the processes followed by the DHBs in reaching this decision were faulty, the good news is that it found that the DHBs’ attempts to increase the wages of some of the country’s lowest paid workers could be justified as means of improving health outcomes, and would be lawful following a correct process,” Helen Kelly said. 

“It is disappointing then that on a technicality, providers will be able to avoid increasing wages in the short term, and in these circumstances the only honorable thing is for these business people to hand back the money until this issue is sorted out.” 

Helen Kelly said that many good health care providers had committed to improving outcomes for the people they cared for by investing in their workforce, and that in these facilities wages had increased as required. 

“That a group has chosen to spend thousands of dollars avoiding making this same investment in their workforce while at the same time accepting the additional government money is something they should be ashamed of,” she said.

Helen Kelly urged families with family members in aged care facilities to check if new money targeted for workers had been passed on in the full amount.  She said they could do this by talking to the workers in the facilities and by contacting the unions in the sector. 

“All families know that the quality of the care older people receive relies totally on the commitment and quality of the workforce looking after them.  The commitment of the workforce requires a commitment by the employer as well,” she said.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>