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


Risk to aged care funding

Dr Lynda Scott National Health Spokesperson

21 February 2003

Risk to aged care funding

The Government needs to ring fence funding for disability support services and aged care when it moves the responsibility of funding those areas from the Ministry of Health to district health boards, National says.

From October disability support services, most of which is residential aged care, will be funded from district health boards (DHBs) rather than the Ministry.

National Health and Senior Citizens Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott said disability services were likely to lose funding through the change as DHBs cut corners to reduce their deficits.

"We are already seeing this corner cutting by boards in other areas.

"The pharmacy contract is being held up by boards as they try to cut costs, Capital and Coast DHB has stopped outsourcing cardiac surgery to cut costs and mental health budgets are being investigated because some boards have spent the money earmarked for mental health on other things to cut costs.

"The day after the Health Select Committee has announced a review of funding for aged residential care because elderly people have not been getting the care they need, it is disappointing to find that this funding will now be coming from DHBs who will have the autonomy to reduce it.

"The DHBs are under such big financial strain they are very likely to try and save money in this area and cut funding.

"The Government must guarantee that disability support and residential aged care services will not lose money through this change. The only way to prevent this is for the Government to ring fence this funding," Dr Scott said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news