Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Will Govt Continue To Cut Elder Care Funding?

3 May 2001

Minister of Senior Citizens Lianne Dalziel avoided questions in the House today about plans for funding to rest homes and elder care hospitals, National's Senior Citizens spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott said.

"I am expecting the Government will again ignore the needs of our most frail elderly in this month's budget.

"By giving them no extra money Lianne Dalziel is effectively cutting funding as hospitals battle rising food, fuel, wage increases and other costs. Inflation is currently 3.1 percent and funding cuts have seen religious and welfare homes exit the service in the last two years after they lost the struggle to provide quality care for the price this Government will pay.

"Our elderly have been well cared for in the past but this government is letting Aged Care drift towards crisis. In parliament Lianne Dalziel failed to answer questions about why the Government has ignored this growing crisis for 18 months.

"Elderly in hospitals and rest homes haven't had any increase in funding for four years. For two of those years the HFA and industry worked co-operatively on a pricing strategy.

"This Government is ignoring the resulting recommendations, in the PriceWaterhouseCooper study, and won't make a decision. Costs have increased 6 percent in that time so they are actually taking a 6 percent funding cut.

"The care of our elderly in rest homes is also deteriorating as homes struggle to keep afloat. The only ones surviving are the big corporates. The problems of elder abuse in homes which this government promised it would work to stamp out will only increase as facilities strive to cut costs.

"This is absolutely unacceptable and I seek urgent funding injection to elderly and geriatric services. These hospitals and homes provide a high level of care that must be funded to an adequate level," Dr Scott said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Marsden Pipeline Rupture: Report Calls For Supply Improvements, Backs Digger Blame

The report makes several recommendations on how the sector can better prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from an incident. In particular, we consider it essential that government and industry work together to put in place and regularly practise sector-wide response plans, to improve the response to any future incident.

Most significantly, we found that Auckland’s jet fuel supply is currently not sufficiently resilient, when assessed against the specific resilience standards we developed during our work, and from a public interest perspective. More>>

 

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation. More>>

ALSO:

'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>

ALSO:

Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>

ALSO:

Budget Process: Wellbeing To Be Enshrined In Law

Legislation has been introduced in Parliament to ensure every Government considers the wellbeing of New Zealanders when creating future budgets. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels