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Aged Care in crisis, Hodgson idle

Lynda Scott MP - National Party Senior Citizens Spokeswoman

16 March 2005

Aged Care in crisis, Hodgson idle

While aged care remains in a state of crisis, Associate Minister of Health Pete Hodgson has not even met with DHBs to discuss the issue, says National’s Senior Citizens spokeswoman, Lynda Scott.

“The industry has said it is 20% underfunded,”says Dr Scott.

“The Government has responded with a 3% funding boost, promised by Christmas, which has not been delivered.

“Mr Hodgson needs to explain why the funding has not been delivered, and why he has still not met with DHBs to discuss the aged care crisis,” says Dr Scott.

“Labour needs to engage more with the aged care sector, before this crisis turns into a catastrophe, due to funding pressures caused by the Holidays Act and the Social Security Act.

“Workers in the aged care sector get paid an average of $10.80 an hour. Their pay and working conditions remain very low, and Labour is doing little to remedy this.

“Not-for-profit organisations are being driven out of the aged care sector by six years of neglect from this Labour Government.

“Underfunding is seeing the quality of care dropping and it’s only going to get worse.

“Our most vulnerable citizens deserve much better than the treatment they are getting from Labour,” says Dr Scott.


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