PSA welcomes extra funding for aged care and dementia
PSA welcomes extra funding for aged care and
The extra $70 million for aged care and dementia announced by the Government today will not resolve the problem of serious underfunding of home support services but it’s a welcome addition, says the Public Service Association.
“Any extra funding for aged care is welcome but the Government needs to ensure that the money goes directly to home support services and is not diverted to make up a shortfall in DHB budgets,” says Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary.
“With an ageing population, New Zealand is going to have to spend a lot more on aged care. The additional funding announced today is a start, but there’s a long way to go if older New Zealanders are to get the care they need.
“The workers who provide the care and support to our growing elderly continue to earn the minimum wage for this essential work.”