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

 


Focus 2000 audits sanitised

Focus 2000 audits sanitised

Audits of disability services provider Focus 2000, obtained through the Official Information Act, appear sanitised and fail to throw any light on individual quality of life, says National’s Disability Issues spokesman, Dr Paul Hutchison.

The audits arose after allegations of patient abuse, deaths and mismanagement, with several million dollars paid out for services that Focus 2000 never provided.

“This is of huge concern. It appears the Ministry of Health is carrying out audits that don’t get to the core of the issue – ensuring that quality of life of people with disabilities is held paramount.

“The audits show that a large number of the measures checked for were only partially achieved. There is no sign of ‘continuous improvement’ being carried out – this ranges from ‘people treated with dignity and respect’ to ‘participation in services’. And the Ministry of Health continues to use a tick-box reporting method.

“Health Minister Pete Hodgson has previously said there was no need for an inquiry into Focus 2000. It is clear from these sanitised audits that the Ministry and the Minister are avoiding facing the realities of the failings of this provider.

“I remain hopeful that the select committee inquiry, which will be hearing submissions on problems in the disability sector early next year, will take a more practical and probing approach,” says Dr Hutchison.


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news