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

 


$2 million boost for Wellington hospices

Hon Tony Ryall

National Party
Health spokesman

Media Release

13 August 2014

$2 million boost for Wellington hospices

Hospice and palliative care services in the Greater Wellington region will receive around $2 million extra next year thanks to National’s $20 million hospice boost announced this week.

There are two hospices in the Greater Wellington region – Mary Potter Hospice and Te Omanga Hospice.

“Hospices make a huge difference to people's lives by ensuring terminally ill people are as free from pain and suffering as possible. They also provide care and support for families and friends,” says Health spokesman Tony Ryall.

“Last year more than 15,000 people received care and support from hospice services throughout New Zealand and hospice staff made over 145,000 visits to people in their homes. Just over 20 per cent of people using hospice services were aged under 60 and three-quarters had a cancer related disease.

“As our population ages, more and more people will need palliative care. Nearly two thirds of the money will go towards helping local hospices expand their community palliative care services into better supporting terminally ill people at home and in aged care facilities.

“The other third will be used to create new palliative care nurse specialist and educator roles. There will be a total of 60 nurses across the country that will provide training, mentoring and hands on support for staff across aged residential care, GP practices and home-based support services.

Mr Ryall said the extra $20 million a year is in addition to the $15 million a year increase from the Boost Hospice Care funding initiative announced in 2009.

“This announcement is part of the government’s plan to meet the changing needs of our aging population. Over the next 20 years the number of people over the age of 65 will double to 1.2 million people, and this will also mean increased numbers of people living with cancer,” says Mr Ryall.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

New Zealand Law Society: Late Addition Of National Security Provisions A Concern

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its significant concerns at the last-minute addition to the Health and Safety Reform Bill of provisions for a closed material procedure for court proceedings where national security is involved. More>>

Change For 2017: Local Govt To Decide On Easter Sunday Trading

The Government is to enable local communities, through councils, to decide whether retailers can open on Easter Sunday, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced. More>>

ALSO:

(And Targets Worse Than Australia's): Foresters Abandoning Emissions Trading Scheme

The Government’s gutting of the Emissions Trading Scheme has caused foresters to leave and emissions to rise, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods. More>>

ALSO:

New Evidence: Burdett Case Must Be Reopened - Labour

New evidence produced by 3D Investigates tonight is a further reason why the role of Malcolm Rewa in the murder of Susan Burdett needs to be re-examined says Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: High Court Rejects NZTA Basin Flyover Appeal

The High Court today dismissed the NZ Transport Agency’s attempt to overturn the rejection of its controversial plan to build a 300-metre concrete flyover alongside the Basin Reserve. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Ngāti Whātua On Kingitanga Claim In Wider Auckland

“We've had a long-standing relationship with Tainui and the Kingitanga; in fact we gifted land to them within Tāmaki in the 1830s... We acknowledge that Tainui and the Kingitanga has interests in parts of wider Auckland. However, we will be watching this claim and others very closely." More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Serco Wants In, While State Houses Grow Mould

The Government must keep scandal plagued outsourcing company Serco away from our state housing after their disastrous record running Mt Eden prison, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

Safety Bill: Classing Farming As Low Risk A 'Dangerous Message'

A coalition of big business leaders says the government "sends a dangerous message" by classing farming as a low risk activity as details emerge in the long-delayed Health and Safety Reform... “It sends a signal that everything is okay in the farming sector – and that the industry can continue on with business as usual. That’s just not true." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news