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


Government committed to quality in aged care

Hon David Cunliffe
Minister of Health

9 October2008 Media Statement
Government committed to quality in aged care

Minister of Health David Cunliffe today announced a package of initiatives aimed at improving quality and safety in aged residential care.

“While the majority of providers and workers in the residential sector provided a high standard of care, a number of recent cases events had made it clear changes and assurances were needed,” Mr Cunliffe said.

Mr Cunliffe said the Government had last year committed an additional $150 million over four years to residential care and another $81.2 million in helping them stay in their own homes in the largest investment in aged care funding.

“Today’s announcement takes a practical approach to giving individuals and families certainty around accessing information on aged residential care.”

“This government is committed ensuring our elderly are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve and to aid this, the Government has committed $1.8 million.

New government actions include
• Introducing spot or random audits in addition to the planned audit cycle
• Making summary audit information of each rest home available to the public on the Ministry of Health website.
• Monitoring the agencies that carry out audits by having Ministry of Health auditors accompany the agencies on their visits to ensure quality.

“I am also signalling my intent to end the practice of pre-notification of audit times.”

“We want a transparent process where individuals and families have access to good quality information.

Mr Cunliffe said international research showed that quality improved when residents and their families are included in decision making processes. The Ministry of Health will promote improved awareness of consumer rights and complaints processes

If anyone has a complaint they should call 0800 113 813 to contact the MOH HealthCert compliance time.

Mr Cunliffe said he would be taking further work to cabinet regarding workforce training and remuneration issues in the next few weeks.

Media contact Vikki Carter 04 471 9918 or 021 226 9918

Frequently asked questions.

How many aged residential care providers are there in New Zealand?

There are approximately 750 aged residential care facilities nationwide.

How many people live in aged residential care?

As of June this year approximately 28,000 older people were living in aged residential care services.

In addition another 60,000 older New Zealanders received home support services.

Has the Government increased spending in aged residential care?

In 2007/08, public funding for aged residential care services was $715 million and home based support services was $160 million.

The aged care sector received targeted Budget funding in 2005, 2006 and 2007, culminating in $87 million for residential care and $47.2 million for home based services per year.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need.

Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>


Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election