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

 


Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for

David

CUNLIFFE

Labour Leader


20 August 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT
Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for

Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would establish a working group tasked with implementing a range of initiatives that put the needs of older people and their carers at the forefront of policy.

‘Our elderly - our grandparents, our mums and dads - deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, as do the people who look after them.

“We need to support older New Zealanders to stay in their own homes longer with quality home-based care and, where there is a need for residential care, look at how we can deliver a less institutionalised approach that puts the individual and their needs first.

“National has under-funded aged care hospitals and rest homes ever since it became the Government. Health care assistants and nurses employed by DHBs now earn more each week than their equivalents working in community-based facilities.

“That is unfair to thousands of hardworking and dedicated Kiwis. A Labour Government will ensure they are valued equally by introducing pay parity for nurses and caregivers working in the sector. We will also make sure home support and community carers receive consistent and fair reimbursement for their travel costs.

“The working group will also be tasked with advising on an agreed timeframe and funding to implement:

• A continuum of care model that puts the older person at the centre of an individualised plan, starting from ageing in place at home to hospital, respite and palliative care

• Agreed staffing levels for safe residential care, dementia care and home and community care

• Consistent provision of elder abuse and neglect prevention services across the country

“That work will be facilitated by an Aged Care Commissioner, whose role will include investigating claims of elder abuse, neglect and financial mismanagement.

“Alongside that Labour will also extend the rates rebate scheme, which recognises the hardship faced by many people on low and fixed incomes, to income-qualifying New Zealanders living in license to occupy units in retirement villages.

“We will also review legislation around overseas pension schemes so that those who have worked and saved for their retirement through overseas pension schemes are not unduly penalised when they become eligible for NZ super.

“These policies complement Labour’s plans to provide over 65s with free doctors’ visits and prescriptions and bring down power prices by setting up a single buyer, NZ Power, to buy all electricity generation at a fair price.

“Labour has been listening to the needs of the sector and to our senior citizens and will create a fairer, kinder New Zealand for all,” David Cunliffe said.

20Aug_Senior_Citizens.docx

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news