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


MidCentral DHB surplus insults low paid home support workers

28 November 2012

MidCentral DHB surplus an insult to low paid home support workers

The Public Service Association is calling on the MidCentral District Health Board to use some of its large surplus to properly fund home support providers and boost workers’ pay.

The DHB has posted a $6.7 million surplus for the 2011/12 financial year. It’s the second consecutive surplus and has exceeded budget expectations.

“It’s astonishing that we have a situation where the DHB is posting multi-million dollar surpluses while it continues to stand by and underfund home support service providers,” says PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff.

“What that underfunding means is that the providers can only afford to pay their workers minimum wages and have not been able to offer pay rises in many years. The DHB’s surplus just adds insult to injury for these workers.”

The low rates MidCentral DHB pays to providers for the delivery of home support and care has also meant cuts to training and supervision for workers as the providers struggle to meet increased costs.

This year’s Human Rights Commission Inquiry into the aged care sector pointed out that home support workers are undervalued and highlighted serious issues of underfunding, low pay, pay inequity and non-funding of travel to and from clients.

Richard Wagstaff says MidCentral Health has the opportunity to do something about that.

“It should do the right thing and use its profits to better fund services and providers so they can pass the increases on and lift the low wages of their workers.”

“It’s also time for central government to take steps to ensure there is some consistency of funding for services which are contracted out by DHBs at rates that allow for decent wages to be paid,” Mr Wagstaff adds.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


13/10: 40 Years Since The Māori Land March Arrived At Parliament

Traffic into Wellington came to a standstill as thousands of Māori and Pākehā streamed along the motorway into the capital on 13 October 1975, concluding the Māori land march to parliament. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Before The Quakes

Remembering Christchurch: Voices from decades past: The Christchurch I lived in for my first 23 years was where four-year-olds walked alone to kindergarten, crossing roads empty of all but a couple of cars per hour. My primary school, Ilam, was newly built on a grassy paddock surrounded by rural land... More>>

6-11 October: New Zealand Improvisation Festival Hits Wellington

Wellingtonians will have a wide selection of improv to feast on with a jam packed programme containing 22 shows, three companies from Australia, two companies from Auckland, one from Nelson, one from Christchurch and seven from Wellington. More>>


Bird Of The Year: New Zealanders Asked To Vote For Their Favourite Native Bird

Te Radar, David Farrier, Heather du-Plessis Allan and Duncan Garner are just some of the New Zealanders championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition, which kicks off today.. More>>


Werewolf Film: It Follows - Panic In Detroit

Philip Matthews: When you heard last month that Wes Craven had died and you wanted to pay homage, you could have sat down with any one of five of his films that helped reinvent American horror at least three times over three decades... Or you could just have watched one of the greatest recent horror films that would probably not exist without Craven. More>>


Werewolf Music: Searching For The White Wail - On Art Pepper, etc

If the word ‘hipster’ means anything – which it arguably doesn’t – it seems to be more of an impulse than a condition. One always headed for the margins, and away from the white-bred, white-bread mainstream... More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news