12 Aug 2013

Staff keep jobs despite ministry criticism

8:38 pm on 12 August 2013

Most staff at the country's only kaupapa Maori intellectual disability residential care provider have kept their jobs, despite it being heavily criticised in a Ministry of Health Report.

Earlier this year, the ministry found Te Roopu Taurima was seriously dysfunctional, with 17 escapes and 14 alleged assaults on clients.

The care provider employs 500 staff and operates 50 whare [homes] in Auckland, Northland, Waikato and Canterbury.

Ministry of Health national services purchasing director Jill Lane said most workers had kept their jobs following a review aimed at helping improve services. A ministry official involved in the review told her staff were passionate and caring towards clients.

The staff who were not providing adequate care had left, including two who Ms Lane understood had been dismissed.