21 Mar 2009

Boost for aged care funding already promised - Ryall

7:42 am on 21 March 2009

Health Minister Tony Ryall says a promised funding boost for the aged care sector should allay concerns raised by a coroner in Wellington.

An urgent review of resthome funding was recommended by Coroner Gary Evans, after a finding was issued that William Culley, 88, did not receive the level of care he should have before his death in August 2006. He had been injured in a fall.

Mr Evans said caregivers cannot safely operate large resthomes without supervision by a care co-ordinator or registered nurse - issues which a lawyer for the resthome involved said arose from funding restraints.

Mr Ryall says the Government is already working to remedy that with a pledge to inflation-proof the aged residential care subsidy.

Healthcare Providers NZ says a sector review has already begun and a funding boost of $18 million by the Government will also aid nurse recruitment and retention.