Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Grey Power disappointed” on aged care provisions

Grey Power “extremely disappointed” in Budget’s aged care provisions

“Grey Power members were pleased to hear the rates rebate scheme, the older drivers regime changes confirmed and the $18.7m increase for home-based care, plus the increased cataract subsidy. This is good news for the elderly,” says Graham Stairmand, national president of the 84,000-strong New Zealand Grey Power Federation.

“But all Grey Power members, and I expect the majority of the three-quarters of a million retired New Zealanders, are extremely disappointed there was nothing in the budget to specifically address the existing crisis for aged care workers in residential care.

“The $71 million promised in the budget is not sufficient to overcome the years of under-funding, and at the same time meet the rapid growth and wage demand in the age care industry,” Mr Stairmand says.

“In fact,” he says, “almost half of the $71 million will be used to make up a shortfall in previously promised funding, and does nothing to address inflation, growth, training or improved wages in residential health care which is at the heart of the problem.

“We believe that this money will just go to District Health Board budgets and will compete with other related health services. There is no guarantee how much will actually go to aged residential care.

“The remaining $38.4 million, earmarked for elderly residential care, might hold the status quo,” says Mr Stairmand, “but this money too, must be split between a number of services, and little will be left for additional beds. Most critically, the Budget does not even consider the increasingly strident demands by the powerful nurse’s union (NZNO) for wage parity with District Health Board workers.”

“Older people have not benefited greatly in this year’s budget,” says Graham Stairmand.

(The NZ Nurses Organisation says that on average, aged care health workers are appallingly undervalued. They receive a miserly $10.80 an hour, a reason one in three are leaving the industry.)

© 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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news